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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 3.3%. 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 7.1% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Missouri 4.2% -0.1 +0.6
Columbia 3.3% 0.0 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 6,767. There are now 3,627 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,080 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 60. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 3,140 -42 +511

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.2% 3.3% 3,140
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 3.3% 3,182
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 4.4% 4,311
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.2% 3,080
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 3.2% 3,086
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 3.2% 3,104
August
2020
8.4% 6.0% 4.7% 4,576
July
2020
10.2% 6.8% 4.7% 4,610
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 5.6% 5,402
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 7.1% 6,666
April
2020
14.8% 12.5% 7.1% 6,767

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.