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Columbus, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.9 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Georgia 5.7% +1.2 +2.6
Columbus 6.0% +0.9 +2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 14,845. There are now 7,615 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,127 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,103. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 7,230 +1,103 +2,874

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.7% 6.0% 7,230
October
2020
6.9% 4.5% 5.1% 6,127
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 6.9% 8,050
August
2020
8.4% 5.7% 6.2% 7,172
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 8.2% 9,800
June
2020
11.1% 7.6% 8.4% 9,775
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 10.1% 11,722
April
2020
14.8% 12.6% 12.8% 14,845
March
2020
4.4% 4.6% 4.8% 5,928
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.6% 4,420
January
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.6% 4,407

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.