Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Michigan peaked in June 2009 at 14.9% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Michigan 5.5% +0.1 -1.8

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 473,644 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 257,407 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,199. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 263,606 +6,199 -83,030

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
May 2015 5.5% 5.5% 263,606
April 2015 5.4% 5.4% 257,407
March 2015 5.5% 5.6% 266,930
February 2015 5.5% 5.9% 281,466
January 2015 5.7% 6.3% 298,599
December 2014 5.6% 6.4% 305,567
November 2014 5.8% 6.5% 309,080
October 2014 5.7% 6.6% 313,723
September 2014 5.9% 6.7% 318,540
August 2014 6.1% 6.8% 323,663
July 2014 6.2% 7.0% 330,008
June 2014 6.1% 7.1% 337,947