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Columbus, Ohio Job Growth

There were 1,080,800 jobs in Columbus, Ohio in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,067,048 employed persons for the month. Columbus lost 100 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 107 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbus job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,080,800 -100 -44,800
CPS 1,067,048 -107 -2,887

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 44,800 jobs have been lost in Columbus according to the employer survey. From a trough of 967,200 in April 2020, Columbus has gained 113,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,069,935 for Columbus in February 2020. 2,887 jobs have been lost in Columbus since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 910,277, Columbus has added 156,771 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Columbus, Ohio Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 1,080,800 -100 1,067,048 -107
January 2021 1,080,900 6,100 1,067,155 29,321
December 2020 1,074,800 -3,200 1,037,834 -861
November 2020 1,078,000 6,100 1,038,695 -9,078
October 2020 1,071,900 5,900 1,047,773 37,595
September 2020 1,066,000 6,900 1,010,178 10,685
August 2020 1,059,100 5,600 999,493 16,039
July 2020 1,053,500 14,900 983,454 1,585
June 2020 1,038,599 37,199 981,869 26,805
May 2020 1,001,400 34,200 955,064 44,787
April 2020 967,200 -147,200 910,277 -135,620
March 2020 1,114,400 -11,200 1,045,897 -24,038