Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 9.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Michigan 5.0% +0.1 -0.1

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 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Michigan peaked in June 2009 at 737,250. There are now 492,342 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 214,044 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 30,864. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 244,908 +4,998 +1,605

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Michigan from 1990 to December 2016

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 5.0% 244,908
November 2016 4.6% 4.9% 239,910
October 2016 4.8% 4.7% 227,754
September 2016 4.9% 4.6% 219,776
August 2016 4.9% 4.5% 216,470
July 2016 4.9% 4.5% 214,044
June 2016 4.9% 4.6% 221,805
May 2016 4.7% 4.7% 226,804
April 2016 5.0% 4.8% 232,773
March 2016 5.0% 4.8% 232,239
February 2016 4.9% 4.8% 232,780