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Columbus, Ohio Job Growth

There were 982,700 jobs in Columbus, Ohio in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 950,781 employed persons for the month. Columbus added 21,000 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 40,504 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbus job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 982,700 +21,000 -126,100
CPS 950,781 +40,504 -104,469

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 140,500 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey. From a trough of 961,700 in April 2020, Columbus has gained 21,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,069,935 for Columbus in February 2020. 119,154 jobs have been lost in Columbus since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 910,277, Columbus has added 40,504 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Columbus, Ohio Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 982,700 21,000 950,781 40,504
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
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