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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2020 to 7.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.9 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate for Columbia in May 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Missouri 10.1% -0.1 +7.0
Columbia 7.2% +0.1 +4.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 6,767. There are now 104 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 6,663 -104 +4,382

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 10.1% 7.2% 6,663
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.5% 2.6% 2,553
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 2.6% 2,574
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 2.5% 2,506
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 2.5% 2,439
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 2.4% 2,374
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.4% 2,321
July
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.3% 2,285

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.