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Columbus, Indiana Job Growth

There were 51,400 jobs in Columbus, Indiana in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 42,614 employed persons for the month. Columbus added 300 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 53 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbus job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 51,400 +300 +2,800
CPS 42,614 +53 +2,586

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

Columbus, Indiana 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, Indiana

CES employment for Columbus peaked in August 2019 at 53,500. Since then 2,100 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey. From a trough of 42,400 in April 2020, Columbus has gained 9,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 44,415 for Columbus in February 2020. 1,801 jobs have been lost in Columbus since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 34,339, Columbus has added 8,275 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Columbus, Indiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 51,400 300 42,614 53
June 2021 51,100 600 42,561 14
May 2021 50,500 300 42,547 -51
April 2021 50,200 0 42,598 -135
March 2021 50,200 -100 42,733 -102
February 2021 50,300 500 42,835 6
January 2021 49,800 -600 42,829 180
December 2020 50,400 700 42,649 260
November 2020 49,700 -200 42,389 347
October 2020 49,900 300 42,042 455
September 2020 49,600 100 41,587 641
August 2020 49,500 900 40,946 918