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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 8.7% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.8% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Missouri 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Columbia 2.2% 0.0 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 7,892. There are now 5,729 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,758 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 405. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 2,163 +58 -1,079

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.5% 2.2% 2,163
October
2021
4.6% 3.7% 2.2% 2,105
September
2021
4.7% 3.8% 2.0% 1,923
August
2021
5.2% 4.0% 1.9% 1,836
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
6.0% 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
6.4% 4.3% 2.9% 2,776

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.