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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in January 2010 at 10.3% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Indiana 3.3% -0.1 -0.2
Columbus 2.4% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 March 2010 at 3,939. There are now 2,833 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,097 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,106 -15 -134

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.2%
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.4% 1,106
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.4% 1,121
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 2.4% 1,124
May
2019
3.6% 3.6% 2.5% 1,154
April
2019
3.6% 3.6% 2.6% 1,195
March
2019
3.8% 3.6% 2.7% 1,226
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 2.7% 1,241
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 2.7% 1,238
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 2.7% 1,238
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 2.7% 1,239
October
2018
3.8% 3.5% 2.7% 1,241

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.