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Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in July 2009 at 10.1% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Indiana 3.5% 0.0 +0.2
Lafayette 3.4% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 2010 at 9,810. There are now 5,994 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 638. Lafayette employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lafayette, Indiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 3,816 -1 +377

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.6%
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 3,816
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 3.3% 3,817
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.1% 3,600
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 3,763
October
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.3% 3,771
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 2.9% 3,262
August
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.2% 3,626
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.1% 3,481
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.2% 3,619
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.2% 3,605
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.1% 3,449

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.