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Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lansing fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Lansing peaked in June 2009 at 11.6% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lansing unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Michigan 4.7% 0.0 +0.3
Lansing 3.9% 0.0 +0.1
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: 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 June 2009 at 28,833. There are now 18,977 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,335 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 521. Lansing employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lansing, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lansing 9,856 +79 +507

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lansing, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.6%
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 3.9% 9,856
March
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.9% 9,777
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.4% 11,075
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.6% 11,613
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.5% 11,292
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.5% 11,162
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 11,005
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 4.5% 11,234
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 4.5% 11,249
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.3% 10,747
June
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.1% 10,060

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.