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Columbus, Indiana Job Growth

There were 50,100 jobs in Columbus, Indiana in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 42,352 employed persons for the month. Columbus added 300 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 25 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbus job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 50,100 +300 -3,400
CPS 42,352 +25 -1,801

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 3,400 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey. From a trough of 42,400 in April 2020, Columbus has gained 7,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 44,153 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 36,308, Columbus has added 6,044 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Columbus, Indiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 50,100 300 42,352 25
January 2021 49,800 -600 42,327 -1,733
December 2020 50,400 700 44,060 1,412
November 2020 49,700 -200 42,648 96
October 2020 49,900 300 42,552 306
September 2020 49,600 100 42,246 640
August 2020 49,500 900 41,606 1,057
July 2020 48,600 1,200 40,549 899
June 2020 47,400 2,800 39,650 221
May 2020 44,600 2,200 39,429 3,121
April 2020 42,400 -10,800 36,308 -6,103
March 2020 53,200 -300 42,411 -1,742