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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Ohio 4.0% 0.0 -0.6
Columbus 3.4% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 February 2010 at 96,773. There are now 59,671 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 36,507 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 595. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 37,102 +595 -4,251

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.1%
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.4% 37,102
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.3% 36,507
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.4% 37,311
April
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.6% 38,989
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 3.8% 41,258
February
2019
3.8% 4.6% 3.9% 42,798
January
2019
4.0% 4.7% 4.0% 43,553
December
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.0% 43,055
November
2018
3.7% 4.6% 4.0% 42,981
October
2018
3.8% 4.6% 3.9% 42,564

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.