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Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lansing fell 3.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 16.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.7 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Lansing peaked in April 2020 at 20.0% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lansing unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Michigan 21.3% -2.7 +17.1
Lansing 16.6% -3.4 +13.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 46,667. There are now 5,880 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lansing employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lansing, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lansing 40,787 -5,880 +32,678

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lansing, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployment Rate
Lansing
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 14.8%
May
2020
13.3% 21.3% 16.6% 40,787
April
2020
14.7% 24.0% 20.0% 46,667
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 3.0% 7,373
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.1% 7,728
January
2020
3.6% 3.8% 3.3% 8,150
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.4% 8,542
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.4% 8,566
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.4% 8,518
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.4% 8,411
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.3% 8,239

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.