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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2020 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 7.1% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Missouri 4.4% -0.2 +1.0
Columbia 3.2% 0.0 +0.7
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: 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 6,767. There are now 3,707 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 3,060 -26 +554

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 3.2% 3,060
October
2020
6.9% 4.6% 3.2% 3,086
September
2020
7.8% 4.8% 3.2% 3,104
August
2020
8.4% 7.0% 4.7% 4,576
July
2020
10.2% 6.9% 4.7% 4,610
June
2020
11.1% 7.8% 5.6% 5,402
May
2020
13.3% 10.1% 7.1% 6,666
April
2020
14.8% 10.2% 7.1% 6,767
March
2020
4.4% 3.9% 2.6% 2,602
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 2.7% 2,629
January
2020
3.5% 3.5% 2.6% 2,553

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.