Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Michigan peaked in June 2009 at 14.9% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Michigan 5.1% 0.0 -1.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Michigan peaked in June 2009 at 737,250. There are now 491,243 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 234,811 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,196. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 246,007 +2,275 -59,560

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Michigan from 1990 to December 2015

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.1% 246,007
November 2015 5.0% 5.1% 243,732
October 2015 5.0% 5.0% 238,086
September 2015 5.1% 5.0% 234,811
August 2015 5.1% 5.1% 241,786
July 2015 5.3% 5.3% 249,114
June 2015 5.3% 5.5% 260,568
May 2015 5.5% 5.5% 263,574
April 2015 5.4% 5.4% 257,407
March 2015 5.5% 5.6% 266,930
February 2015 5.5% 5.9% 281,466