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Columbus, Indiana Job Growth

There were 51,000 jobs in Columbus, Indiana in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 42,659 employed persons for the month. Columbus lost 100 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 107 (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 51,000 -100 -2,000
CPS 42,659 +107 -1,197

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 July 2018 at 53,600. Since then 2,600 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey. From a trough of 47,700 in April 2020, Columbus has gained 3,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 44,153 for Columbus in February 2020. 1,494 jobs have been lost in Columbus since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 36,308, Columbus has added 6,351 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Columbus, Indiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 51,000 -100 42,659 107
October 2020 51,100 600 42,552 306
September 2020 50,500 0 42,246 640
August 2020 50,500 500 41,606 1,057
July 2020 50,000 600 40,549 899
June 2020 49,400 1,200 39,650 221
May 2020 48,200 500 39,429 3,121
April 2020 47,700 -5,300 36,308 -6,103
March 2020 53,000 -500 42,411 -1,742
February 2020 53,500 0 44,153 163
January 2020 53,500 300 43,990 160
December 2019 53,200 200 43,830 -26