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Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.1%. 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 September 2009 at 10.1% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in November 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Indiana 3.4% -0.1 -0.1
Lafayette 3.1% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 January 2010 at 9,778. There are now 6,398 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lafayette employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lafayette, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 3,380 -56 -209

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.3%
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 3,380
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.1% 3,436
May
2019
3.6% 3.6% 3.2% 3,535
April
2019
3.6% 3.6% 3.2% 3,637
March
2019
3.8% 3.6% 3.3% 3,692
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.2% 3,662
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 3.2% 3,605
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.1% 3,533
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.1% 3,528
October
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.1% 3,519

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.