Department of Numbers

Flint, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Flint fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Flint peaked in May 2009 at 16.2% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Flint 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
Flint 5.5% -0.3 -0.9
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: 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 23,028 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,644 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 441. Flint employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Flint, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Flint 10,085 -618 -1,792

Number of Unemployed Persons

Flint, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.5% 10,085
November
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.8% 10,703
October
2015
5.0% 5.0% 5.9% 10,785
September
2015
5.1% 5.0% 5.5% 10,142
August
2015
5.1% 5.1% 5.4% 9,817
July
2015
5.3% 5.3% 5.3% 9,644
June
2015
5.3% 5.5% 5.9% 10,859
May
2015
5.5% 5.5% 6.0% 11,122
April
2015
5.4% 5.4% 5.7% 10,545
March
2015
5.5% 5.6% 5.7% 10,635
February
2015
5.5% 5.9% 6.0% 11,077

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.