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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.9 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 11.2% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Indiana 5.0% -0.5 +1.8
Bloomington 4.3% -0.9 +1.1
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: 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 8,164. There are now 4,801 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,363 -731 +782

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 4.3% 3,363
October
2020
6.9% 5.5% 5.2% 4,094
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 5.3% 4,150
August
2020
8.4% 6.4% 5.2% 4,156
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 6.3% 4,847
June
2020
11.1% 11.1% 8.4% 6,571
May
2020
13.3% 12.3% 8.0% 6,569
April
2020
14.8% 17.5% 11.2% 8,164
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 3.2% 2,439
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.1% 2,498
January
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.2% 2,573

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.