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Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette rose 0.4 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.3%. 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 July 2009 at 10.1% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Indiana 3.5% 0.0 0.0
Lafayette 3.3% +0.4 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 9,810. There are now 6,027 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,178 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 605. Lafayette employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lafayette, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 3,783 +521 +465

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 3,783
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 2.9% 3,262
August
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.2% 3,626
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.1% 3,481
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.2% 3,619
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.2% 3,605
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.1% 3,449
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.0% 3,312
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.1% 3,439
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.0% 3,196
December
2017
4.1% 3.4% 2.9% 3,178

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.