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Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington rose 0.5 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2010 at 8.8% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Indiana 3.5% 0.0 0.0
Bloomington 4.4% +0.5 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 2010 at 6,865. There are now 3,548 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,569 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 748.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,317 +349 +513

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 4.4% 3,317
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.9% 2,968
August
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.1% 3,152
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.9% 2,862
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.8% 2,840
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.8% 2,861
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.5% 2,684
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.4% 2,569
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.5% 2,618
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.4% 2,570
December
2017
4.1% 3.4% 3.5% 2,647

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.