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Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Indiana 3.0% -0.3 -2.0
Lafayette 2.8% -0.3 -1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 2020 at 13,257. There are now 10,100 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lafayette employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lafayette, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 3,157 -350 -1,970

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.0% 2.8% 3,157
October
2021
4.6% 3.3% 3.1% 3,507
September
2021
4.7% 3.5% 3.4% 3,792
August
2021
5.2% 4.1% 3.6% 4,032
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 3.7% 4,165
June
2021
5.9% 4.1% 3.8% 4,350
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 3.9% 4,392
April
2021
6.0% 3.9% 4.0% 4,382
March
2021
6.0% 3.9% 4.1% 4,464
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 4.3% 4,690
January
2021
6.4% 4.2% 4.6% 5,040

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.