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Kokomo, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kokomo rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Kokomo peaked in May 2009 at 18.9% and is now 14.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Kokomo 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
Kokomo 4.2% +0.1 +1.0
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: 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 5,023 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 427.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kokomo 1,617 0 +362

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kokomo, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Kokomo
Unemployment Rate
Kokomo
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.6%
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 4.2% 1,617
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 4.1% 1,617
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.4% 1,789
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 6.4% 2,674
October
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.6% 1,438
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 1,301
August
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 1,364
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.5% 1,379
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.7% 1,483
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 1,326
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.3% 1,307

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.