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Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lansing fell 0.4 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.2%. 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 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in August 2018, 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 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Michigan 4.0% 0.0 -0.4
Lansing 3.2% -0.4 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 June 2009 at 28,833. There are now 20,737 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 144. Lansing employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lansing, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lansing 8,096 -909 -2,979

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lansing, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.2% 8,096
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 3.6% 9,005
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.6% 9,025
November
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.7% 9,353
October
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 8,841
September
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.3% 8,289
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.2% 7,952
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.3% 8,154
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 3.3% 8,195
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.4% 8,596
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.9% 9,893

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.