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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2016 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in June 2009 at 16.3% and is now 11.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Michigan 4.7% -0.1 -0.8
Detroit 5.2% -0.4 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 241,110 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 108,208 -7,511 -17,429

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.6%
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 5.2% 108,208
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
November
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.9% 118,882
October
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.9% 117,194
September
2015
5.1% 5.1% 5.8% 116,084
August
2015
5.1% 5.1% 5.8% 116,362
July
2015
5.3% 5.2% 5.9% 118,362

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.