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Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ann Arbor rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2015 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Ann Arbor peaked in June 2009 at 9.8% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Ann Arbor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Michigan 5.5% +0.1 -1.8
Ann Arbor 3.9% +0.2 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

Unemployment Rate: Ann Arbor, Michigan, National

Ann Arbor, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ann Arbor peaked in June 2009 at 18,304. There are now 11,009 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,702 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 593. Ann Arbor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Ann Arbor 7,295 +380 -2,026

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.5% 3.9% 7,295
April
2015
5.4% 5.4% 3.7% 6,915
March
2015
5.5% 5.6% 3.6% 6,702
February
2015
5.5% 5.9% 3.8% 7,053
January
2015
5.7% 6.3% 4.2% 7,778
December
2014
5.6% 6.4% 4.1% 7,614
November
2014
5.8% 6.5% 4.3% 8,034
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 4.5% 8,368
September
2014
5.9% 6.7% 4.6% 8,538
August
2014
6.1% 6.8% 4.6% 8,615
July
2014
6.2% 7.0% 4.6% 8,662
June
2014
6.1% 7.1% 4.8% 8,883

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.