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Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit rose 0.3 percentage points in July 2014 to 8.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in September 2009 at 16.0% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.1% in March 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% +0.1 -1.1
Michigan 7.7% +0.2 -1.3
Detroit 8.7% +0.3 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2014 data as August 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 160,599 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 165,130 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,502. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 174,632 +4,875 -18,717

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
August
2014
6.1%
July
2014
6.2% 7.7% 8.7% 174,632
June
2014
6.1% 7.5% 8.4% 169,757
May
2014
6.3% 7.5% 8.2% 165,456
April
2014
6.3% 7.4% 8.1% 165,130
March
2014
6.7% 7.5% 8.1% 165,152
February
2014
6.7% 7.7% 8.3% 170,040
January
2014
6.6% 7.8% 8.3% 169,589
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 8.8% 178,544
November
2013
7.0% 8.5% 9.0% 182,195
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 9.1% 185,968
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 9.3% 189,605
August
2013
7.2% 9.0% 9.4% 192,375

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.