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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 4.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 17.7% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Indiana 12.3% -5.2 +9.0
Columbus 13.1% -4.6 +10.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Columbus, Indiana, National

Columbus, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Columbus, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 7,817. There are now 1,918 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 5,899 -1,918 +4,817

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 11.2%
May
2020
13.3% 12.3% 13.1% 5,899
April
2020
14.7% 17.5% 17.7% 7,817
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 2.3% 995
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.3% 1,046
January
2020
3.6% 3.1% 2.4% 1,097
December
2019
3.5% 3.2% 2.5% 1,107
November
2019
3.5% 3.2% 2.5% 1,118
October
2019
3.6% 3.2% 2.5% 1,126
September
2019
3.5% 3.2% 2.5% 1,130
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.5% 1,124

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.