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Flint, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Flint rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2017 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Flint peaked in May 2009 at 16.2% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.8 percentage points. You can also compare Flint 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
Flint 6.3% +0.3 +0.9
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: 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 21,626 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,220 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,267. Flint employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Flint, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Flint 11,487 +475 +1,478

Number of Unemployed Persons

Flint, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 6.3% 11,487
September
2017
4.2% 4.3% 6.0% 11,012
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 5.4% 9,860
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.6% 8,383
June
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.5% 8,220
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.6% 8,276
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.8% 8,835
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 5.3% 9,639
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 5.8% 10,644
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 5.6% 10,351
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 5.5% 10,108

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.