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Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Indianapolis rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Indianapolis peaked in March 2010 at 10.3% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Indianapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Indiana 3.5% 0.0 +0.2
Indianapolis 3.3% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 61,935 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 6,267. Indianapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Indianapolis, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Indianapolis 35,554 +908 +5,055

Number of Unemployed Persons

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.6%
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.3% 35,554
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 3.2% 34,646
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.3% 35,011
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.6% 38,269
October
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.5% 37,454
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 34,836
August
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 36,714
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.3% 35,443
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.3% 35,422
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.2% 33,886
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.0% 31,548

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.