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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Ohio 5.0% -0.3 +0.3
Columbus 4.9% 0.0 +1.3
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: Columbus, Ohio, National

Columbus, Ohio monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Columbus, Ohio Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 148,851. There are now 93,434 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 54,952 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 465. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 55,417 +465 +15,682

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.0% 4.9% 55,417
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.9% 54,952
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.1% 55,564
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.1% 55,866
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 5.6% 61,870
September
2020
7.8% 7.4% 7.3% 79,764
August
2020
8.4% 9.0% 8.1% 87,924
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 8.1% 87,226
June
2020
11.1% 10.3% 9.7% 105,226
May
2020
13.3% 14.9% 11.3% 121,466
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 14.1% 148,851

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.