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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 17.7% and is now 14.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Indiana 4.0% -0.2 +0.8
Columbus 3.7% -0.1 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 6,211 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,606 -87 +560

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 3.7% 1,606
January
2021
6.3% 4.2% 3.8% 1,693
December
2020
6.7% 4.6% 3.9% 1,787
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 4.7% 2,084
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 4.9% 2,180
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 5.4% 2,432
August
2020
8.4% 7.3% 5.6% 2,479
July
2020
10.2% 8.6% 7.0% 3,060
June
2020
11.1% 10.1% 10.7% 4,742
May
2020
13.3% 12.0% 13.0% 5,907
April
2020
14.8% 16.9% 17.7% 7,817

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.