Overall unemployment rate moved up to 3.9% with the biggest shift in Restaurants & Hotels, which gained 300 roles, based on the most recently available information published in August 2022.

Total employment in the Columbus, GA-AL market declined by 753 jobs in June and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 70 bps to 3.9%. The national unemployment rate increased by 46 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Columbus, GA-AL unemployment rate is 6 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 140 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in June versus prior month by 0.5% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Columbus, GA-AL Unemployment June 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.1% . Key sectors include:

  • Government: 23,200; -200
  • Transportation & Utilities: 18,400; no change
  • Business Services: 16,700; -200
  • Education & Healthcare: 16,500; +100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 16,000; +300
  • Financial Services: 11,000; no change
  • Manufacturing: 10,200; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 4,700; no change
  • Other Jobs: 4,200; +100
  • IT & Development: 1,200; no change
Columbus, GA-AL Unemployment by Industry June 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through June 2022 (Data published August 2022 and reports created on August 3, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.