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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 17.5% and is now 14.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus 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
Columbus 3.3% -0.1 -4.3
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: 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 7,273. There are now 5,801 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,344 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 128. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,472 -15 -1,832

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 3.3% 1,472
June
2021
5.9% 4.1% 3.4% 1,487
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 3.3% 1,454
April
2021
6.1% 3.9% 3.2% 1,398
March
2021
6.0% 3.9% 3.1% 1,362
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 3.0% 1,347
January
2021
6.3% 4.2% 3.0% 1,344
December
2020
6.7% 4.6% 3.7% 1,627
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 4.0% 1,786
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 4.5% 2,002
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 5.2% 2,288

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.