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Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in July 2009 at 10.1% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Indiana 3.7% -0.2 -0.4
Lafayette 3.2% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lafayette, Indiana, National

Lafayette, Indiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lafayette, Indiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lafayette peaked in April 2010 at 9,797. There are now 6,293 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,986 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 518. Lafayette employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lafayette, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 3,504 -7 -521

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.2% 3,504
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.2% 3,511
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.3% 3,735
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 3.5% 3,890
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.9% 3,232
June
2017
4.3% 3.0% 2.7% 3,006
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.7% 2,986
April
2017
4.4% 3.6% 2.8% 3,122
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 3.5% 3,916
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 3.9% 4,273
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.8% 4,158

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.