Department of Numbers

Flint, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Flint fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2016 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Flint peaked in May 2009 at 16.2% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Flint unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Michigan 4.7% -0.1 -0.8
Flint 5.0% -0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Flint, Michigan, National

Flint, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Flint, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Flint peaked in May 2009 at 33,113. There are now 23,929 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,084 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 100. Flint employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Flint, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Flint 9,184 -208 -2,017

Number of Unemployed Persons

Flint, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.6%
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 5.0% 9,184
April
2016
5.0% 4.8% 5.1% 9,392
March
2016
5.0% 4.8% 4.9% 9,084
February
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.0% 9,218
January
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.1% 9,311
December
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.2% 9,493
November
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.2% 9,535
October
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.2% 9,541
September
2015
5.1% 5.1% 5.3% 9,576
August
2015
5.1% 5.1% 5.3% 9,728
July
2015
5.3% 5.2% 5.5% 10,075

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.