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Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in August 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Louisiana 3.4% -0.1 -1.4
Lafayette 3.2% 0.0 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lafayette, Louisiana, National

Lafayette, Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lafayette peaked in April 2020 at 23,986. There are now 17,105 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 6,881 -96 -2,486

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.4% 3.2% 6,881
August
2022
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 6,977
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 3.3% 7,254
June
2022
3.6% 3.8% 3.4% 7,415
May
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.6% 7,701
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.7% 7,965
March
2022
3.6% 4.2% 3.8% 8,137
February
2022
3.8% 4.3% 3.9% 8,280
January
2022
4.0% 4.3% 4.0% 8,527
December
2021
3.9% 4.4% 4.2% 8,995
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 4.2% 8,923

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.