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Columbia, Missouri Job Growth

There were 99,000 jobs in Columbia, Missouri in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 95,140 employed persons for the month. Columbia added 100 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 366 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 99,000 +100 +2,300
CPS 95,140 +366 +1,324

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

Columbia, Missouri Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Columbia 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 Columbia, Missouri

CES employment for Columbia peaked in January 2020 at 101,300. Since then 2,300 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 87,400 in April 2020, Columbia has gained 11,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 96,450 for Columbia in November 2019. 1,310 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 82,849, Columbia has added 12,291 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Columbia, Missouri Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 99,000 100 95,140 366
June 2021 98,900 1,400 94,774 408
May 2021 97,500 600 94,366 107
April 2021 96,900 200 94,259 93
March 2021 96,700 500 94,166 -66
February 2021 96,200 -400 94,232 -193
January 2021 96,600 400 94,425 -101
December 2020 96,200 -400 94,526 194
November 2020 96,600 100 94,332 161
October 2020 96,500 600 94,171 7
September 2020 95,900 -1,000 94,164 59
August 2020 96,900 200 94,105 289