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Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2018 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in November 2010 at 7.4% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Louisiana 5.0% +0.1 +0.1
Lafayette 5.2% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2018 data as September 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 November 2010 at 16,455. There are now 5,450 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,515 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,490.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 11,005 -447 -547

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
September
2018
3.7%
August
2018
3.9% 5.0% 5.2% 11,005
July
2018
3.9% 4.9% 5.4% 11,452
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 5.2% 11,090
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 4.8% 10,327
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.8% 10,205
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.6% 9,921
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.4% 9,549
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.4% 9,515
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.8% 10,101
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.8% 10,167
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.9% 10,391

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.