Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 10.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Michigan 4.7% -0.3 -0.2

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 505,793 fewer people unemployed in the state. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 231,457 -16,372 -2,040

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
April 2017 4.4% 4.7% 231,457
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
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