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Columbus, Ohio Job Growth

There were 1,072,500 jobs in Columbus, Ohio in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,009,065 employed persons for the month. Columbus lost 4,700 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 60,059 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbus job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,072,500 -4,700 +71,100
CPS 1,009,065 -60,059 +34,599

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 53,100 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey. From a trough of 967,200 in April 2020, Columbus has gained 105,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,083,565 for Columbus in February 2020. 74,500 jobs have been lost in Columbus since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 905,683, Columbus has added 103,382 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Columbus, Ohio Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 1,072,500 -4,700 1,009,065 -60,059
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
November 2020 1,078,000 6,100 1,054,675 4,551
October 2020 1,071,900 5,900 1,050,124 7,122
September 2020 1,066,000 6,900 1,043,002 10,178
August 2020 1,059,100 5,600 1,032,824 13,760
July 2020 1,053,500 14,900 1,019,064 18,840
June 2020 1,038,599 37,199 1,000,224 25,758