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Columbus, Ohio Job Growth

There were 1,028,200 jobs in Columbus, Ohio in August 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,000,018 employed persons for the month. Columbus added 13,100 jobs in August 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 16,564 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbus job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,028,200 +13,100 -87,000
CPS 1,000,018 +16,564 -62,345

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 95,000 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey. From a trough of 961,700 in April 2020, Columbus has gained 66,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,069,935 for Columbus in February 2020. 69,917 jobs have been lost in Columbus since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 910,277, Columbus has added 89,741 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2020

Columbus, Ohio Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2020 1,028,200 13,100 1,000,018 16,564
July 2020 1,015,100 8,800 983,454 1,585
June 2020 1,006,300 23,600 981,869 26,805
May 2020 982,700 21,000 955,064 44,787
April 2020 961,700 -148,200 910,277 -135,620
March 2020 1,109,900 -13,300 1,045,897 -24,038
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