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Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in November 2010 at 7.3% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 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
Louisiana 4.7% -0.1 -1.3
Lafayette 4.9% -0.1 -2.0
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, Louisiana, National

Lafayette, Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lafayette peaked in November 2010 at 16,306. There are now 6,116 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 10,190 -166 -4,416

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.9% 10,190
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.0% 10,356
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 5.6% 11,765
August
2017
4.4% 5.2% 5.7% 11,852
July
2017
4.3% 5.3% 5.6% 11,742
June
2017
4.3% 5.4% 5.7% 12,059
May
2017
4.3% 5.7% 6.3% 13,426
April
2017
4.4% 5.8% 6.8% 14,446
March
2017
4.5% 5.7% 6.5% 13,916
February
2017
4.7% 5.8% 6.6% 14,129
January
2017
4.8% 5.9% 6.6% 13,981

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.