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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in June 2009 at 16.3% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Michigan 4.7% +0.1 -0.4
Detroit 5.3% +0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Detroit, Michigan, National

Detroit, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Detroit, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Detroit peaked in June 2009 at 349,318. There are now 240,557 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 100,001 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,760. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 108,761 +2,943 -8,433

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.3% 108,761
September
2016
5.0% 4.6% 5.1% 105,818
August
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.9% 101,464
July
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.9% 100,001
June
2016
4.9% 4.6% 5.1% 105,463
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 5.2% 108,188
April
2016
5.0% 4.8% 5.6% 115,719
March
2016
5.0% 4.8% 5.7% 116,130
February
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.8% 117,035
January
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.9% 119,809
December
2015
5.0% 5.1% 6.1% 121,281

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.