Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2017 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 4.8% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Michigan 5.1% -0.2 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Michigan peaked in June 2009 at 737,250. There are now 489,071 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 232,219 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,960. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 248,179 -10,747 +12,277

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Michigan from 1990 to March 2017

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 5.1% 248,179
February 2017 4.7% 5.3% 258,926
January 2017 4.8% 5.2% 252,331
December 2016 4.7% 5.1% 246,327
November 2016 4.6% 5.1% 245,422
October 2016 4.8% 5.0% 243,558
September 2016 4.9% 5.0% 240,948
August 2016 4.9% 4.9% 237,588
July 2016 4.9% 4.9% 234,508
June 2016 4.9% 4.8% 232,549
May 2016 4.7% 4.8% 232,219
April 2016 5.0% 4.9% 233,497