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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2016 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in June 2009 at 16.3% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Michigan 4.8% 0.0 -0.8
Detroit 5.6% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 data as May 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 233,596 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 115,722 -408 -13,358

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 4.7%
April
2016
5.0% 4.8% 5.6% 115,722
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
June
2015
5.3% 5.3% 6.1% 121,762

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.