Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 9.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Michigan 5.2% +0.1 +0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 485,241 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 232,219 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 19,790. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 252,009 +5,682 +11,770

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.2% 252,009
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
March 2016 5.0% 4.9% 235,902