Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2014 to 7.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Michigan peaked in August 2009 at 14.2% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Michigan 7.2% -0.2 -1.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Michigan peaked in August 2009 at 686,199. There are now 343,741 fewer people unemployed in the state. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 342,458 -5,781 -72,636

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Michigan from 1990 to September 2014

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
October 2014 5.8%
September 2014 5.9% 7.2% 342,458
August 2014 6.1% 7.4% 348,239
July 2014 6.2% 7.7% 363,765
June 2014 6.1% 7.5% 357,418
May 2014 6.3% 7.5% 354,028
April 2014 6.3% 7.4% 352,181
March 2014 6.7% 7.5% 355,166
February 2014 6.7% 7.7% 362,946
January 2014 6.6% 7.8% 367,211
December 2013 6.7% 8.3% 387,465
November 2013 7.0% 8.5% 396,697
October 2013 7.2% 8.6% 406,104