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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2022 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 7.7% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.2
Missouri 3.1% -0.3 -1.4
Columbia 2.4% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2022 data as June 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 6,851. There are now 4,451 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 2,400 -74 -731

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
June
2022
3.6%
May
2022
3.6% 3.1% 2.4% 2,400
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 2.5% 2,474
March
2022
3.6% 3.6% 2.6% 2,608
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 2.7% 2,679
January
2022
4.0% 3.8% 2.8% 2,800
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 2.8% 2,830
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 2.8% 2,787
October
2021
4.6% 4.0% 2.7% 2,742
September
2021
4.7% 4.0% 2.7% 2,690
August
2021
5.2% 4.1% 2.6% 2,588
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 2.4% 2,408

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.