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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2017 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in June 2009 at 16.3% and is now 10.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Michigan 5.3% +0.1 +0.3
Detroit 5.9% +0.1 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 226,163 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 107,116 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16,039. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 123,155 +2,179 +11,613

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 5.1%
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 5.9% 123,155
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 5.8% 120,976
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 5.7% 117,772
November
2016
4.6% 5.1% 5.6% 116,857
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 5.5% 115,053
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.4% 112,800
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.3% 110,184
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.2% 108,116
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.2% 107,116
May
2016
4.7% 4.8% 5.2% 107,328
April
2016
5.0% 4.9% 5.3% 108,507

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.