Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 7.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Michigan peaked in August 2009 at 14.2% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Michigan 7.7% -0.1 -1.1

Note: All comparisons are made with February data as March state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Michigan peaked in August 2009 at 686,199. There are now 323,265 fewer people unemployed in the state. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 362,934 -4,277 -52,457

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Michigan from 1990 to February 2014

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 7.7% 362,934
January 2014 6.6% 7.8% 367,211
December 2013 6.7% 8.3% 387,465
November 2013 7.0% 8.5% 396,697
October 2013 7.2% 8.6% 406,104
September 2013 7.2% 8.8% 415,094
August 2013 7.2% 9.0% 422,005
July 2013 7.3% 9.0% 424,354
June 2013 7.5% 8.9% 422,080
May 2013 7.5% 8.9% 418,083
April 2013 7.5% 8.8% 415,230
March 2013 7.5% 8.8% 414,563