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Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit fell 0.2 percentage points in June 2015 to 6.1%. 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 10.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
Michigan 5.5% 0.0 -1.6
Detroit 6.1% -0.2 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2015 data as July 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 227,376 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 121,942 -3,302 -49,651

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
July
2015
5.3% 5.3%
June
2015
5.3% 5.5% 6.1% 121,942
May
2015
5.5% 5.5% 6.3% 125,244
April
2015
5.4% 5.4% 6.2% 122,354
March
2015
5.5% 5.6% 6.4% 126,638
February
2015
5.5% 5.9% 6.8% 136,985
January
2015
5.7% 6.3% 7.4% 149,056
December
2014
5.6% 6.4% 7.7% 155,044
November
2014
5.8% 6.5% 7.8% 157,353
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 7.9% 160,174
September
2014
5.9% 6.7% 8.1% 162,757
August
2014
6.1% 6.8% 8.2% 165,064

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.