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Columbus, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in February 2010 at 10.4% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Georgia 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Columbus 4.2% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 January 2010 at 13,133. There are now 7,945 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 5,188 -131 -381

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 4.2% 5,188
July
2019
3.7% 3.6% 4.3% 5,319
June
2019
3.7% 3.7% 4.4% 5,506
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 4.5% 5,616
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 4.5% 5,654
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 4.5% 5,687
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 4.5% 5,664
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.5% 5,663
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.4% 5,467
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 4.4% 5,447
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 4.3% 5,428

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.