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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in April 2020 at 7.7% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Missouri 3.4% -0.2 -1.3
Columbia 2.5% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 4,377 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,408 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 66. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 2,474 -134 -729

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
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
June
2021
5.9% 4.4% 3.1% 3,102

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.