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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus fell 2.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Ohio 13.9% -3.7 +9.8
Columbus 11.2% -2.9 +7.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 28,740 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 120,111 -28,740 +81,804

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 10.9%
May
2020
13.3% 13.9% 11.2% 120,111
April
2020
14.7% 17.6% 14.1% 148,851
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 4.1% 44,603
February
2020
3.5% 4.1% 3.6% 39,735
January
2020
3.6% 4.1% 3.6% 39,780
December
2019
3.5% 4.1% 3.5% 38,792
November
2019
3.5% 4.1% 3.5% 39,177
October
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.6% 39,524
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 3.6% 39,807
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.6% 39,886
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.6% 39,604

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.