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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 11.0% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Indiana 4.1% 0.0 -4.5
Bloomington 3.7% -0.1 -3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 7,997. There are now 5,135 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,815 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 47.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 2,862 -91 -2,216

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 3.7% 2,862
June
2021
5.9% 4.1% 3.8% 2,953
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 3.7% 2,963
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 4.2% 3.7% 2,840
December
2020
6.7% 4.6% 4.4% 3,344
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 4.5% 3,471
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 4.8% 3,693
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 5.3% 4,055

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.