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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Ohio 4.0% -0.1 -1.6
Columbus 3.3% -0.1 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 134,049. There are now 96,949 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 37,100 -806 -23,119

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.3% 37,100
March
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.4% 37,906
February
2022
3.8% 4.2% 3.5% 38,880
January
2022
4.0% 4.3% 3.6% 39,870
December
2021
3.9% 4.5% 3.7% 41,796
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 3.7% 41,462
October
2021
4.6% 4.5% 3.7% 41,665
September
2021
4.7% 4.7% 3.9% 43,840
August
2021
5.2% 4.9% 4.2% 46,918
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 4.5% 50,631
June
2021
5.9% 5.3% 4.9% 54,435

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.