Department of Numbers

Flint, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Flint fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Flint peaked in May 2009 at 16.2% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.3 percentage points. You can also compare Flint unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Michigan 5.2% +0.1 +0.2
Flint 5.7% 0.0 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 22,727 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,977 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,409. Flint employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Flint, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Flint 10,386 -25 +1,075

Number of Unemployed Persons

Flint, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 5.7% 10,386
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 5.7% 10,411
November
2016
4.6% 5.1% 5.7% 10,526
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 5.6% 10,354
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.1% 9,270
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.8% 8,734
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.4% 7,977
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.8% 8,775
May
2016
4.7% 4.8% 5.0% 9,186
April
2016
5.0% 4.9% 5.1% 9,392
March
2016
5.0% 4.9% 4.9% 9,084

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.