Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2016 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 10.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Michigan 4.5% 0.0 -0.6

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 520,852 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 214,044 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,354. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 216,398 +2,354 -27,313

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 4.5% 216,398
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
January 2016 4.9% 4.9% 237,378
December 2015 5.0% 5.1% 243,303
November 2015 5.0% 5.1% 242,142
October 2015 5.0% 5.1% 241,939
September 2015 5.1% 5.1% 242,200