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Columbia, Missouri Job Growth

There were 96,500 jobs in Columbia, Missouri in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 93,142 employed persons for the month. Columbia lost 100 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 295 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 96,500 -100 -4,600
CPS 93,142 +295 -3,239

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 4,800 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 87,400 in April 2020, Columbia has gained 9,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 96,609 for Columbia in March 2020. 3,467 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 87,196, Columbia has added 5,946 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Columbia, Missouri Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 96,500 -100 93,142 295
January 2021 96,600 400 92,847 238
December 2020 96,200 -400 92,609 59
November 2020 96,600 100 92,550 -141
October 2020 96,500 600 92,691 -253
September 2020 95,900 -1,000 92,944 -68
August 2020 96,900 200 93,012 138
July 2020 96,700 1,400 92,874 1,308
June 2020 95,300 5,100 91,566 4,370
May 2020 90,200 2,800 87,196 -1,118
April 2020 87,400 -12,800 88,314 -8,295
March 2020 100,200 -900 96,609 228