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Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Indianapolis fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Indianapolis peaked in April 2020 at 13.8% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Indianapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Indiana 4.0% -0.2 +0.8
Indianapolis 4.3% -0.1 +1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 136,844. There are now 90,857 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Indianapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Indianapolis, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Indianapolis 45,987 -869 +16,144

Number of Unemployed Persons

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 4.3% 45,987
January
2021
6.3% 4.2% 4.4% 46,856
December
2020
6.7% 4.6% 4.3% 47,134
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 5.3% 57,243
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 5.8% 64,163
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 6.5% 71,221
August
2020
8.4% 7.3% 6.7% 72,513
July
2020
10.2% 8.6% 7.9% 84,517
June
2020
11.1% 10.1% 10.7% 115,082
May
2020
13.3% 12.0% 10.6% 110,379
April
2020
14.8% 16.9% 13.8% 136,844

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.