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Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Indianapolis fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Indianapolis peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Indianapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Indiana 4.1% 0.0 -4.5
Indianapolis 4.2% -0.1 -4.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 134,481. There are now 89,119 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 44,390 in April 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 972. Indianapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Indianapolis, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Indianapolis 45,362 -395 -47,773

Number of Unemployed Persons

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 4.2% 45,362
June
2021
5.9% 4.1% 4.3% 45,757
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 4.2% 45,097
April
2021
6.1% 3.9% 4.1% 44,390
March
2021
6.0% 3.9% 4.2% 44,458
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 4.3% 45,891
January
2021
6.3% 4.2% 4.5% 48,769
December
2020
6.7% 4.6% 4.8% 52,283
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 5.1% 55,423
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 5.6% 60,250
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 6.3% 67,825

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.