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Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2018 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in November 2010 at 7.4% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Louisiana 4.9% 0.0 +0.3
Lafayette 4.9% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2018 data as January 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 6,214 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 726.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 10,241 -123 +140

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
February
2019
3.8%
January
2019
4.0% 4.9%
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.9% 10,241
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.9% 10,364
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.9% 10,365
September
2018
3.7% 4.9% 5.0% 10,576
August
2018
3.8% 4.9% 5.2% 10,999
July
2018
3.9% 5.0% 5.4% 11,452
June
2018
4.0% 5.0% 5.2% 11,090
May
2018
3.8% 5.0% 4.8% 10,327
April
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.8% 10,205
March
2018
4.0% 4.8% 4.6% 9,921

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.