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Columbus, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in February 2010 at 10.4% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Georgia 4.5% 0.0 -0.7
Columbus 5.2% -0.1 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Columbus, Georgia, National

Columbus, Georgia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Columbus, Georgia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Columbus peaked in February 2010 at 13,202. There are now 6,579 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,260 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 363. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 6,623 -42 -1,457

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 5.2% 6,623
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 5.3% 6,665
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.2% 6,519
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.2% 6,520
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.0% 6,260
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 5.1% 6,320
August
2017
4.4% 4.5% 5.4% 6,758
July
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.5% 6,842
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.7% 7,047
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.9% 7,348
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 6.0% 7,525

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.