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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in June 2009 at 16.3% and is now 12.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Michigan 4.5% +0.2 -0.5
Detroit 3.9% +0.3 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November 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 267,181 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 67,418 in August 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 14,719. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 82,137 +6,232 -32,916

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 82,137
September
2017
4.2% 4.3% 3.6% 75,905
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.2% 67,418
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.3% 68,291
June
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.8% 79,619
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.6% 96,186
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 5.3% 110,839
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 5.6% 117,639
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 5.9% 123,121
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 5.8% 120,976
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 5.7% 117,772

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.