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Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lansing fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Lansing peaked in April 2020 at 20.0% and is now 15.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lansing unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Michigan 5.2% -0.5 +1.5
Lansing 5.0% 0.0 +1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lansing, Michigan, National

Lansing, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lansing, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lansing peaked in April 2020 at 46,667. There are now 34,985 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lansing employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lansing, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lansing 11,682 -246 +3,954

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lansing, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.0% 11,682
January
2021
6.3% 5.7% 5.0% 11,928
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 5.1% 11,866
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 5.1% 12,211
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 5.2% 12,614
September
2020
7.8% 8.2% 7.3% 17,889
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 7.2% 17,978
July
2020
10.2% 9.0% 7.3% 17,803
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 10.9% 27,549
May
2020
13.3% 20.8% 16.9% 41,051
April
2020
14.8% 23.6% 20.0% 46,667

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.