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Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in April 2020 at 13.4% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Indiana 2.8% 0.0 -0.3
Lafayette 2.5% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 May 2020 at 13,148. There are now 10,320 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,313 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 515. Lafayette employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lafayette, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 2,828 -26 +14

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.8% 2.5% 2,828
August
2022
3.7% 2.8% 2.6% 2,854
July
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.5% 2,760
June
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 2,525
May
2022
3.6% 2.2% 2.2% 2,405
April
2022
3.6% 2.2% 2.1% 2,328
March
2022
3.6% 2.2% 2.1% 2,313
February
2022
3.8% 2.3% 2.2% 2,331
January
2022
4.0% 2.4% 2.2% 2,412
December
2021
3.9% 2.7% 2.4% 2,614
November
2021
4.2% 2.7% 2.4% 2,591

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.