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Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Indiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Indiana 4.1% 0.0 -4.5
Lafayette 3.7% -0.1 -3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2020 at 13,257. There are now 9,104 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 4,153 -197 -3,531

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Indiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Indiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.1% 3.7% 4,153
June
2021
5.9% 4.1% 3.8% 4,350
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 3.9% 4,392
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 4.2% 4.6% 5,040
December
2020
6.7% 4.6% 4.4% 4,888
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 4.7% 5,127
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 5.0% 5,496
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 5.5% 6,030

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.