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Columbus, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 2.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Georgia 9.4% -3.2 +5.8
Columbus 9.9% -2.9 +5.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 3,309 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 11,536 -3,309 +6,389

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 7.6%
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 9.9% 11,536
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.1% 3.6% 4,407
December
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.5% 4,250
November
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.5% 4,356
October
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.6% 4,485
September
2019
3.5% 3.2% 3.8% 4,626
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.9% 4,770

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.