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Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lansing rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Lansing peaked in June 2009 at 11.6% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lansing unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Michigan 3.9% -0.1 -0.8
Lansing 3.5% +0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 19,987 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,952 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 894. Lansing employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lansing, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lansing 8,846 +557 -2,159

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lansing, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.5% 8,846
September
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.3% 8,289
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.2% 7,952
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.3% 8,154
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 3.3% 8,195
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 3.4% 8,596
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 3.9% 9,893
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

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.