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Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Indianapolis fell 0.5 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.3%. 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 8.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Indianapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Indiana 5.0% -0.5 +1.8
Indianapolis 5.3% -0.5 +2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 136,844. There are now 79,937 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Indianapolis 56,907 -7,256 +26,226

Number of Unemployed Persons

Indianapolis, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployment Rate
Indianapolis
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 5.3% 56,907
October
2020
6.9% 5.5% 5.8% 64,163
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 6.5% 71,221
August
2020
8.4% 6.4% 6.7% 72,513
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 7.9% 84,517
June
2020
11.1% 11.1% 10.7% 115,082
May
2020
13.3% 12.3% 10.6% 110,379
April
2020
14.8% 17.5% 13.8% 136,844
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 2.8% 29,000
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.8% 29,843
January
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.9% 30,655

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.