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Columbus, Ohio Job Growth

There were 1,117,700 jobs in Columbus, Ohio in March 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,055,008 employed persons for the month. Columbus lost 5,500 jobs in March 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 14,927 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbus job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,117,700 -5,500 +9,500
CPS 1,055,008 -14,927 +1,640

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

Columbus, Ohio 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, Ohio

CES employment for Columbus peaked in February 2020 at 1,123,200. Since then 5,500 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,069,935 for Columbus in February 2020. 14,927 jobs have been lost in Columbus since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2020

Columbus, Ohio Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2020 1,117,700 -5,500 1,055,008 -14,927
February 2020 1,123,200 1,700 1,069,935 2,444
January 2020 1,121,500 4,500 1,067,491 634
December 2019 1,117,000 -600 1,066,857 511
November 2019 1,117,600 4,600 1,066,346 913
October 2019 1,113,000 -2,000 1,065,433 1,230
September 2019 1,115,000 -200 1,064,203 1,840
August 2019 1,115,200 -300 1,062,363 2,471
July 2019 1,115,500 5,300 1,059,892 2,537
June 2019 1,110,200 1,400 1,057,355 2,105
May 2019 1,108,800 -200 1,055,250 1,348
April 2019 1,109,000 800 1,053,902 534