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Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in April 2020 at 13.8% and is now 9.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Indiana 4.0% -0.2 +0.8
Lafayette 4.1% -0.2 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 13,779. There are now 9,309 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lafayette employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lafayette, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 4,470 -166 +1,314

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 4.1% 4,470
January
2021
6.3% 4.2% 4.3% 4,636
December
2020
6.7% 4.6% 4.3% 4,882
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 5.2% 5,805
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 5.4% 6,043
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 5.5% 6,200
August
2020
8.4% 7.3% 5.8% 6,244
July
2020
10.2% 8.6% 6.7% 7,327
June
2020
11.1% 10.1% 9.1% 10,151
May
2020
13.3% 12.0% 12.2% 12,964
April
2020
14.8% 16.9% 13.8% 13,779

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.