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Flint, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Flint fell 0.5 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Flint peaked in May 2009 at 16.2% and is now 11.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Flint unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Michigan 4.7% -0.3 -0.2
Flint 4.8% -0.5 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 24,278 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Flint employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Flint, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Flint 8,835 -804 -1,297

Number of Unemployed Persons

Flint, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.2%
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
November
2016
4.6% 5.1% 5.5% 10,049
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 5.4% 10,009
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.4% 9,894
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.3% 9,686
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.2% 9,545
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.3% 9,599

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.