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Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lafayette rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2018 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lafayette peaked in November 2010 at 7.4% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lafayette unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Louisiana 4.5% +0.1 -0.9
Lafayette 4.8% +0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 6,220 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 720.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lafayette 10,235 +314 -2,632

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lafayette, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployment Rate
Lafayette
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.6%
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.8% 10,235
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
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 5.2% 10,999
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.4% 11,552
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.5% 11,696
June
2017
4.3% 5.2% 5.5% 11,818

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.