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Columbus, Ohio Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbus rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Ohio rate. The unemployment rate in Columbus peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Columbus unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Ohio 5.4% +0.2 -3.9
Columbus 5.2% +0.1 -3.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2020 at 140,987. There are now 85,747 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 45,098 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,142. Columbus employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbus, Ohio) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbus 55,240 +1,167 -46,505

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbus, Ohio Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Ohio
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployment Rate
Columbus
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.4% 5.2% 55,240
June
2021
5.9% 5.2% 5.1% 54,073
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.0% 52,567
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 4.6% 51,929
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 4.5% 50,759
February
2021
6.2% 5.0% 4.4% 48,963
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.2% 46,466
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.1% 45,098
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.3% 47,512
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 4.6% 50,281
September
2020
7.8% 7.4% 6.9% 76,895

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.