October 2009

Jobless Rate Declines in Columbus

Possible good news for workers—as well as potential workers—interested in the Columbus job market: the local unemployment rate has been declining for two months in a row.

According to the Department of Job and Family Services, during the month of September the rate went down to 8.2%, down from the previous month’s 8.8%. It’s not a lot, but it’s a definite improvement; and with two months of such news, perhaps it will continue into significant amounts soon. And these aren’t adjusted for season, either.

It’s still quite higher than last year’s rate of 5.8%, but any improvement is a good sign. And the city isn’t alone; across the state, unemployment rates went down from 10.8% to 10.1%.