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Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lansing fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Lansing peaked in July 2009 at 11.4% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lansing unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Michigan 4.2% -0.1 +0.3
Lansing 3.3% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 July 2009 at 28,212. There are now 19,843 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,792 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 577. Lansing employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lansing, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lansing 8,369 +182 +420

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lansing, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.2%
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.3% 8,369
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.3% 8,187
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.3% 8,168
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.3% 8,312
April
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.5% 8,617
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 8,702
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 8,703
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 3.6% 8,838
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.5% 8,635
November
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.5% 8,644
October
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.4% 8,520

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.