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Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Indianapolis rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Indianapolis peaked in March 2010 at 10.3% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Indianapolis 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
Indianapolis 3.5% +0.2 +0.3
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: 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 March 2010 at 97,489. There are now 59,914 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 29,287 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,288. Indianapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Indianapolis, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Indianapolis 37,575 +2,739 +4,091

Number of Unemployed Persons

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.5% 37,575
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 34,836
August
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.4% 36,714
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.3% 35,443
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.3% 35,422
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.2% 33,886
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.0% 31,548
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 2.8% 29,782
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 2.9% 30,499
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 2.8% 29,287
December
2017
4.1% 3.4% 3.0% 30,940

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.