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Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in June 2009 at 16.3% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Michigan 5.5% +0.1 -1.8
Detroit 6.3% +0.1 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 224,048 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 122,354 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,916. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 125,270 +2,916 -50,630

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.5% 6.3% 125,270
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
July
2014
6.2% 7.0% 8.3% 167,862
June
2014
6.1% 7.1% 8.5% 171,593

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.