Overall unemployment rate moved down to 3.8% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 500 roles, based on the most recently available information published in April 2022.

Total employment in the Columbus, GA-AL market rose by 268 jobs in March and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 10 bps to 3.8%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 39 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Columbus, GA-AL unemployment rate is 5 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 110 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in March versus prior month by 10.6% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Columbus, GA-AL Unemployment March 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.3% . Key sectors include:

  • Government: 23,400; +500
  • Transportation & Utilities: 18,500; +100
  • Business Services: 16,400; -400
  • Education & Healthcare: 16,300; no change
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 15,100; +400
  • Financial Services: 10,900; -100
  • Manufacturing: 10,100; -100
  • Construction, Mining: 4,600; no change
  • Other Jobs: 4,000; no change
  • IT & Development: 1,200; no change
Columbus, GA-AL Unemployment by Industry March 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through March 2022 (Data published April 2022 and reports created on April 27, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.