Having suffered less during the pandemic, Columbus has recovered 70% of its lost jobs from the nadir of the pandemic. Its net decline of 3.1% from the previous peak of Q1 2020 ranks 10th of the top 51 metros and better than the US net decline of 5.6%. Columbus is expected to see job growth of 3.3% in 2021, 2.7% in 2022, and is expected to recover all of its lost jobs in Q4 2021. Looking beyond next year, Columbus is expected to see average annual job growth of 0.6% from 2023 to 2025 which ranks 28th of 51 metros and one of the highest in the Midwest. Over 2023-2025, state and local government is expected to contribute the most jobs—including those at the state capital and at Ohio State University—along with warehousing, hospitality and restaurants.
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