Department of Numbers

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit rose 0.3 percentage points in December 2015 to 6.2%. 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 June 2009 at 16.3% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Michigan 5.1% 0.0 -1.3
Detroit 6.2% +0.3 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 June 2009 at 349,318. There are now 224,795 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 109,011 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,512. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 124,523 +5,925 -30,521

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.1% 6.2% 124,523
November
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.9% 118,598
October
2015
5.0% 5.0% 5.7% 112,978
September
2015
5.1% 5.0% 5.5% 109,011
August
2015
5.1% 5.1% 5.6% 111,070
July
2015
5.3% 5.3% 5.8% 115,220
June
2015
5.3% 5.5% 6.1% 121,917
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

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.