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Kokomo, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kokomo rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Kokomo peaked in May 2009 at 18.9% and is now 15.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Kokomo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Indiana 3.5% 0.0 0.0
Kokomo 3.6% +0.3 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kokomo, Indiana, National

Kokomo, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kokomo, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kokomo peaked in May 2009 at 6,640. There are now 5,200 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,190 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 250.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Kokomo 1,440 +139 +165

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kokomo, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Kokomo
Unemployment Rate
Kokomo
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.6% 1,440
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 1,301
August
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.4% 1,364
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.5% 1,379
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.7% 1,483
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.4% 1,326
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.3% 1,307
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.1% 1,235
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.2% 1,255
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.1% 1,210
December
2017
4.1% 3.4% 3.1% 1,190

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.