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Columbus, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in February 2010 at 10.4% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Indiana 3.5% 0.0 0.0
Columbus 2.9% +0.3 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 3,993. There are now 2,653 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 960 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 380. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 1,340 +147 +99

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 2.9% 1,340
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 2.6% 1,193
August
2018
3.9% 3.5% 2.8% 1,310
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.6% 1,195
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 2.7% 1,229
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 2.5% 1,167
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 2.4% 1,078
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 2.1% 960
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 2.3% 1,048
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 2.3% 1,037
December
2017
4.1% 3.4% 2.5% 1,128

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.