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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 1.3 percentage points in July 2021 to 1.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 8.7% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Missouri 4.2% -0.1 -2.6
Columbia 1.8% -1.3 -2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Columbia, Missouri, National

Columbia, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Columbia, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 7,892. There are now 6,134 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 1,758 -1,254 -2,712

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 1.8% 1,758
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 3.1% 3,012
May
2021
5.8% 4.2% 3.0% 2,890
April
2021
6.1% 4.1% 2.9% 2,812
March
2021
6.0% 4.2% 2.9% 2,830
February
2021
6.2% 4.3% 3.0% 2,867
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 2.9% 2,776
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 3.2% 3,106
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.3% 3,242
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 3.5% 3,414
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 3.7% 3,636

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.