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Columbus, Georgia Job Growth

There were 115,500 jobs in Columbus, Georgia in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 113,359 employed persons for the month. Columbus lost 600 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 34 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbus job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 115,500 -600 -6,300
CPS 113,359 -34 -5,270

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Columbus, Georgia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Columbus as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Columbus, Georgia

CES employment for Columbus peaked in April 2000 at 125,700. Since then 10,200 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey. From a trough of 109,200 in April 2020, Columbus has gained 6,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 124,092 for Columbus in June 2008. 10,733 jobs have been lost in Columbus since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 101,225, Columbus has added 12,134 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Columbus, Georgia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 115,500 -600 113,359 -34
October 2020 116,100 100 113,393 4,736
September 2020 116,000 100 108,657 -732
August 2020 115,900 1,000 109,389 174
July 2020 114,900 900 109,215 1,943
June 2020 114,000 3,700 107,272 2,640
May 2020 110,300 1,100 104,632 3,407
April 2020 109,200 -12,800 101,225 -15,667
March 2020 122,000 -500 116,892 -1,737
February 2020 122,500 500 118,629 86
January 2020 122,000 400 118,543 -227
December 2019 121,600 -200 118,770 141