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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 17.5% and is now 14.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Indiana 3.0% -0.3 -2.0
Columbus 2.6% -0.3 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 6,130 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,143 -138 -643

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.0% 2.6% 1,143
October
2021
4.6% 3.3% 2.9% 1,281
September
2021
4.7% 3.5% 3.1% 1,382
August
2021
5.2% 4.1% 3.3% 1,455
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
6.0% 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
6.4% 4.2% 3.0% 1,344

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.