Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 10.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Michigan 4.7% +0.1 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 509,448 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 214,044 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,758. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 227,802 +8,026 -14,137

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 4.7% 227,802
September 2016 5.0% 4.6% 219,776
August 2016 4.9% 4.5% 216,470
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