Department of Numbers

Columbia, Missouri Job Growth

There were 96,700 jobs in Columbia, Missouri in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 92,550 employed persons for the month. Columbia added 100 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 141 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 96,700 +100 -3,500
CPS 92,550 -141 -3,734

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 100,800. Since then 4,100 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 91,200 in April 2020, Columbia has gained 5,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 96,609 for Columbia in March 2020. 4,059 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 87,196, Columbia has added 5,354 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Columbia, Missouri Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 96,700 100 92,550 -141
October 2020 96,600 200 92,691 -253
September 2020 96,400 -1,000 92,944 -68
August 2020 97,400 600 93,012 138
July 2020 96,800 1,900 92,874 1,308
June 2020 94,900 3,000 91,566 4,370
May 2020 91,900 700 87,196 -1,118
April 2020 91,200 -8,600 88,314 -8,295
March 2020 99,800 -700 96,609 228
February 2020 100,500 -300 96,381 48
January 2020 100,800 900 96,333 -10
December 2019 99,900 -300 96,343 59