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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.4%. 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 17.6% and is now 15.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.7% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Indiana 2.8% 0.0 -0.3
Columbus 2.4% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 7,302. There are now 6,277 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 743 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 282. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,025 +5 -2

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.8% 2.4% 1,025
August
2022
3.7% 2.8% 2.3% 1,020
July
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.2% 965
June
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.0% 865
May
2022
3.6% 2.2% 1.8% 797
April
2022
3.6% 2.2% 1.7% 753
March
2022
3.6% 2.2% 1.7% 743
February
2022
3.8% 2.3% 1.8% 757
January
2022
4.0% 2.4% 1.9% 816
December
2021
3.9% 2.7% 2.2% 921
November
2021
4.2% 2.7% 2.2% 916

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.