Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 11.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Michigan 3.9% +0.2 -1.0

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 547,305 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 180,006 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,939. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 189,945 +9,939 -47,643

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
August 2017 4.4% 3.9% 189,945
July 2017 4.3% 3.7% 180,006
June 2017 4.4% 3.8% 186,890
May 2017 4.3% 4.2% 207,254
April 2017 4.4% 4.7% 231,455
March 2017 4.5% 5.0% 247,829
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