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Columbus, Ohio Job Growth

There were 1,096,600 jobs in Columbus, Ohio in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,052,511 employed persons for the month. Columbus added 4,100 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 7,013 (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 1,096,600 +4,100 +18,600
CPS 1,052,511 +7,013 -2,164

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 1,125,600. Since then 29,000 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey. From a trough of 967,200 in April 2020, Columbus has gained 129,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,083,565 for Columbus in February 2020. 31,054 jobs have been lost in Columbus since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 905,683, Columbus has added 146,828 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Columbus, Ohio Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 1,096,600 4,100 1,052,511 7,013
October 2021 1,092,500 1,500 1,045,498 6,417
September 2021 1,091,000 3,200 1,039,081 6,413
August 2021 1,087,800 -5,600 1,032,668 17,182
July 2021 1,093,400 6,900 1,015,486 4,350
June 2021 1,086,500 13,500 1,011,136 2,265
May 2021 1,073,000 -4,200 1,008,871 -60,253
April 2021 1,077,200 -3,900 1,069,124 1,325
March 2021 1,081,100 -1,700 1,067,799 3,039
February 2021 1,082,800 1,900 1,064,760 3,262
January 2021 1,080,900 6,100 1,061,498 3,720
December 2020 1,074,800 -3,200 1,057,778 3,103