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Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Indianapolis fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Indianapolis peaked in February 2010 at 10.1% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in January 2018, 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 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Indiana 3.4% -0.1 -0.1
Indianapolis 3.1% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 March 2010 at 95,964. There are now 63,144 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 32,052 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 768. Indianapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Indianapolis, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Indianapolis 32,820 +80 -2,712

Number of Unemployed Persons

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.3%
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 32,820
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.1% 32,740
May
2019
3.6% 3.6% 3.1% 33,385
April
2019
3.6% 3.6% 3.2% 34,321
March
2019
3.8% 3.6% 3.3% 34,836
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.3% 34,842
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 3.3% 34,628
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.3% 34,589
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 34,563
October
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.3% 34,579

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.