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Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Indianapolis fell 3.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Indianapolis peaked in April 2020 at 13.8% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Indianapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Indiana 12.3% -5.2 +9.0
Indianapolis 10.5% -3.3 +7.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Indianapolis, Indiana, National

Indianapolis, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Indianapolis peaked in April 2020 at 136,844. There are now 27,183 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Indianapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Indianapolis, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Indianapolis 109,661 -27,183 +77,091

Number of Unemployed Persons

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 12.3% 10.5% 109,661
April
2020
14.7% 17.5% 13.8% 136,844
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 2.8% 29,000
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.8% 29,843
January
2020
3.6% 3.1% 2.9% 30,655
December
2019
3.5% 3.2% 2.8% 30,302
November
2019
3.5% 3.2% 2.9% 30,681
October
2019
3.6% 3.2% 2.9% 31,079
September
2019
3.5% 3.2% 2.9% 31,472
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 31,801
July
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 32,046

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.