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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 11.0% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Indiana 3.0% -0.3 -2.0
Bloomington 2.9% -0.3 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bloomington, Indiana, National

Bloomington, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 7,997. There are now 5,770 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 2,227 -260 -1,244

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.0% 2.9% 2,227
October
2021
4.6% 3.3% 3.2% 2,487
September
2021
4.7% 3.5% 3.4% 2,668
August
2021
5.2% 4.1% 3.5% 2,832
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 3.7% 2,866
June
2021
5.9% 4.1% 3.8% 2,953
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 3.7% 2,963
April
2021
6.0% 3.9% 3.8% 2,897
March
2021
6.0% 3.9% 3.7% 2,844
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 3.7% 2,815
January
2021
6.4% 4.2% 3.7% 2,840

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.