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Columbus, Indiana Job Growth

There were 52,000 jobs in Columbus, Indiana in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 43,315 employed persons for the month. Columbus added 400 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 236 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbus job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 52,000 +400 +2,300
CPS 43,315 +236 +926

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 1,500 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey. From a trough of 42,400 in April 2020, Columbus has gained 9,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 44,415 for Columbus in February 2020. 1,100 jobs have been lost in Columbus since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 34,339, Columbus has added 8,976 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Columbus, Indiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 52,000 400 43,315 236
October 2021 51,600 0 43,079 176
September 2021 51,600 900 42,903 216
August 2021 50,700 -900 42,687 37
July 2021 51,600 500 42,650 89
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