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Columbia, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in August 2009 at 6.6% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in February 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 April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Missouri 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Columbia 2.5% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 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 November 2010 at 6,057. There are now 3,602 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,333 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 122. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 2,455 +122 -158

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 3.6%
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 2.5% 2,455
March
2018
4.1% 3.6% 2.4% 2,333
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 2.4% 2,372
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 2.7% 2,628
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 2.6% 2,566
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 2.6% 2,505
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 2.5% 2,401
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 2.5% 2,404
August
2017
4.4% 3.6% 2.5% 2,443
July
2017
4.3% 3.6% 2.5% 2,422
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 2.5% 2,447

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.