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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 2016 to 3.3%. 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 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Ann Arbor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Michigan 5.0% +0.1 -0.1
Ann Arbor 3.3% -0.3 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 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 11,784 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 1,207. Ann Arbor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Ann Arbor 6,520 -618 +337

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 5.0% 3.3% 6,520
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 3.6% 7,138
October
2016
4.8% 4.7% 3.6% 7,105
September
2016
4.9% 4.6% 3.2% 6,303
August
2016
4.9% 4.5% 3.1% 6,088
July
2016
4.9% 4.5% 2.7% 5,313
June
2016
4.9% 4.6% 2.8% 5,360
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 2.9% 5,691
April
2016
5.0% 4.8% 3.2% 6,243
March
2016
5.0% 4.8% 3.1% 6,048
February
2016
4.9% 4.8% 3.1% 6,016

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.