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Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Indianapolis fell 0.7 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Indianapolis peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 10.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Indianapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Indiana 3.0% -0.3 -2.0
Indianapolis 2.6% -0.7 -2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 106,744 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Indianapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Indianapolis, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Indianapolis 27,737 -7,258 -27,686

Number of Unemployed Persons

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.0% 2.6% 27,737
October
2021
4.6% 3.3% 3.3% 34,995
September
2021
4.7% 3.5% 3.5% 37,387
August
2021
5.2% 4.1% 4.1% 44,608
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 4.2% 45,460
June
2021
5.9% 4.1% 4.3% 45,757
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 4.2% 45,097
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 4.2% 4.5% 48,769

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.