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Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lansing fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.1%. 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 April 2020 at 19.2% and is now 14.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lansing unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Michigan 5.9% -0.2 -2.3
Lansing 5.1% -0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 44,547. There are now 32,489 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,693 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 365. Lansing employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lansing, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lansing 12,058 -619 -1,123

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lansing, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.9% 5.1% 12,058
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 5.3% 12,677
September
2021
4.7% 6.3% 7.0% 17,048
August
2021
5.2% 4.7% 6.0% 14,397
July
2021
5.4% 4.8% 5.0% 11,693
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 5.2% 12,176
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.2% 12,318
April
2021
6.0% 4.9% 5.2% 12,171
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 5.0% 11,904
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.1% 12,151
January
2021
6.4% 5.7% 5.3% 12,467

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.