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Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ann Arbor fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 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 2.6% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Ann Arbor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Michigan 4.5% +0.2 -0.5
Ann Arbor 3.6% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November 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 11,325 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,098 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,881. Ann Arbor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Ann Arbor 6,979 -447 -156

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.6% 6,979
September
2017
4.2% 4.3% 3.8% 7,426
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.4% 6,634
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.0% 5,921
June
2017
4.4% 3.8% 2.6% 5,098
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 2.7% 5,106
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 2.8% 5,418
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 3.2% 6,114
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 3.7% 7,173
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 3.6% 6,912
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 3.4% 6,595

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.