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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in August 2009 at 6.6% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Missouri 3.2% 0.0 -0.3
Columbia 2.4% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 November 2010 at 6,057. There are now 3,765 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,050 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 242. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 2,292 -104 -80

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.3%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.4% 2,292
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 2.5% 2,396
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.4% 2,311
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.2% 2,113
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.2% 2,110
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.1% 2,050
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.2% 2,134
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.2% 2,198
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 2.2% 2,161
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 2.4% 2,366
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.5% 2,450

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.