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Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ann Arbor rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2017 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Ann Arbor peaked in June 2009 at 9.8% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Ann Arbor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Michigan 5.3% +0.1 +0.3
Ann Arbor 3.6% +0.1 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 11,215 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,313 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,776. Ann Arbor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Ann Arbor 7,089 +302 +1,073

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 5.1%
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 3.6% 7,089
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 3.5% 6,787
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 3.3% 6,520
November
2016
4.6% 5.1% 3.6% 7,138
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 3.6% 7,105
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 3.2% 6,303
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 3.1% 6,088
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 2.7% 5,313
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 2.8% 5,360
May
2016
4.7% 4.8% 2.9% 5,691
April
2016
5.0% 4.9% 3.2% 6,243

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.