Department of Numbers

Flint, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Flint rose 0.5 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Flint peaked in May 2009 at 16.2% and is now 10.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Flint unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Michigan 4.7% +0.1 -0.4
Flint 5.6% +0.5 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 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 22,752 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 2,384. Flint employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Flint, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Flint 10,361 +1,091 +820

Number of Unemployed Persons

Flint, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.6% 10,361
September
2016
5.0% 4.6% 5.1% 9,270
August
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.8% 8,734
July
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.4% 7,977
June
2016
4.9% 4.6% 4.8% 8,775
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 5.0% 9,186
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

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.