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Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Battle Creek fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Battle Creek peaked in February 2010 at 12.6% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Battle Creek unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Michigan 4.6% +0.1 -0.5
Battle Creek 5.1% 0.0 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Battle Creek, Michigan, National

Battle Creek, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Battle Creek peaked in June 2009 at 8,579. There are now 5,294 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,522 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 763. Battle Creek employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Battle Creek, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Battle Creek 3,285 +3 +218

Number of Unemployed Persons

Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 5.1% 3,285
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.1% 3,282
September
2017
4.2% 4.3% 5.1% 3,312
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.8% 3,075
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.2% 2,696
June
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.0% 2,573
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 3.9% 2,522
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.1% 2,662
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.4% 2,844
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 4.9% 3,209
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 4.8% 3,127

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.