Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit fell 0.4 percentage points in December 2014 to 7.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in September 2009 at 16.0% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Michigan 6.4% -0.1 -1.6
Detroit 7.5% -0.4 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 September 2009 at 335,231. There are now 184,812 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 150,419 -8,987 -28,125

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4%
March
2015
5.5% 5.6%
February
2015
5.5% 5.9%
January
2015
5.7% 6.3%
December
2014
5.6% 6.4% 7.5% 150,419
November
2014
5.8% 6.5% 7.9% 159,406
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 8.3% 166,379
September
2014
5.9% 6.7% 8.3% 167,210
August
2014
6.1% 6.8% 8.4% 168,119
July
2014
6.2% 7.0% 8.7% 174,638
June
2014
6.1% 7.1% 8.4% 169,757
May
2014
6.3% 7.3% 8.2% 165,456

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.