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Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ann Arbor fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Ann Arbor peaked in June 2009 at 9.8% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Ann Arbor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Michigan 5.1% 0.0 -1.3
Ann Arbor 3.3% -0.3 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

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 12,111 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,878 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 315. Ann Arbor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Ann Arbor 6,193 -618 -1,421

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.1% 3.3% 6,193
November
2015
5.0% 5.1% 3.6% 6,811
October
2015
5.0% 5.0% 3.6% 6,786
September
2015
5.1% 5.0% 3.3% 6,227
August
2015
5.1% 5.1% 3.2% 5,969
July
2015
5.3% 5.3% 3.1% 5,878
June
2015
5.3% 5.5% 3.6% 6,712
May
2015
5.5% 5.5% 3.9% 7,292
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

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.