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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2019 to 2.3%. 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 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
Missouri 3.1% -0.1 +0.1
Columbia 2.3% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2019 data as October 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 October 2010 at 6,062. There are now 3,869 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,099 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 94. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 2,193 -86 +73

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
October
2019
3.6%
September
2019
3.5% 3.1% 2.3% 2,193
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.3% 2,279
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.4% 2,319
June
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.4% 2,330
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.4% 2,341
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.4% 2,325
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 2.4% 2,325
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.3% 2,262
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 2.3% 2,247
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.2% 2,179
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.2% 2,174

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.