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Columbus, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 1.4 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 12.3% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Georgia 3.7% -0.3 -3.9
Columbus 3.3% -1.4 -4.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 April 2020 at 14,951. There are now 10,942 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 4,009 -1,775 -5,362

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.7% 3.3% 4,009
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 4.7% 5,784
May
2021
5.8% 4.1% 4.7% 5,800
April
2021
6.1% 4.3% 4.8% 5,851
March
2021
6.0% 4.5% 4.8% 5,879
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 4.9% 5,950
January
2021
6.3% 5.1% 4.9% 5,959
December
2020
6.7% 5.3% 5.6% 6,900
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.8% 7,158
October
2020
6.9% 5.9% 6.0% 7,504
September
2020
7.8% 6.5% 6.6% 7,937

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.