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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.9%. 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 March 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Ohio 4.6% 0.0 -0.3
Columbus 3.9% +0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 March 2010 at 97,832. There are now 55,410 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 36,495 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,927. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 42,422 +2,951 +71

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.6% 3.9% 42,422
September
2018
3.7% 4.6% 3.7% 39,471
August
2018
3.9% 4.6% 3.8% 40,547
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.0% 42,951
June
2018
4.0% 4.5% 4.1% 44,692
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.7% 39,937
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.5% 38,404
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 3.3% 36,495
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.4% 37,136
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.6% 38,494
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.0% 43,469

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.