Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ann Arbor fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Ann Arbor peaked in December 2009 at 8.9% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Ann Arbor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Michigan 6.4% -0.1 -1.6
Ann Arbor 4.1% -0.2 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 December 2009 at 16,084. There are now 8,381 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Ann Arbor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Ann Arbor 7,703 -496 -3,028

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4%
March
2015
5.5% 5.6%
February
2015
5.5% 5.9%
January
2015
5.7% 6.3%
December
2014
5.6% 6.4% 4.1% 7,703
November
2014
5.8% 6.5% 4.3% 8,199
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 4.5% 8,436
September
2014
5.9% 6.7% 4.6% 8,649
August
2014
6.1% 6.8% 4.6% 8,645
July
2014
6.2% 7.0% 5.0% 9,281
June
2014
6.1% 7.1% 5.1% 9,476
May
2014
6.3% 7.3% 5.3% 9,795

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.