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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington rose 0.3 percentage points in July 2022 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 11.1% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.9% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Indiana 2.6% +0.2 -1.1
Bloomington 2.6% +0.3 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 data as August 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 7,976. There are now 5,885 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,506 in February 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 585.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 2,091 +231 -206

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.6% 2,091
June
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 1,860
May
2022
3.6% 2.2% 2.1% 1,720
April
2022
3.6% 2.2% 2.0% 1,584
March
2022
3.6% 2.2% 1.9% 1,527
February
2022
3.8% 2.3% 1.9% 1,506
January
2022
4.0% 2.4% 2.0% 1,590
December
2021
3.9% 2.7% 2.2% 1,748
November
2021
4.2% 2.7% 2.2% 1,735
October
2021
4.6% 2.8% 2.2% 1,762
September
2021
4.7% 3.1% 2.4% 1,898

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.