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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Ohio 4.0% 0.0 -0.7
Columbus 3.5% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 95,229 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 36,402 in May 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,418. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 38,820 +158 -5,020

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 3.5% 38,820
August
2022
3.7% 4.0% 3.4% 38,662
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 3.3% 37,402
June
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.2% 36,657
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.2% 36,402
April
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.3% 37,090
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

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.