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Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Rapids rose 0.6 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids peaked in July 2009 at 12.4% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Grand Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Michigan 3.9% +0.2 -1.0
Grand Rapids 3.7% +0.6 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Grand Rapids, Michigan, National

Grand Rapids, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Grand Rapids peaked in June 2009 at 62,293. There are now 40,800 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,263 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,230.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Rapids 21,493 +3,531 +1,705

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 4.3%
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.7% 21,493
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.1% 17,962
June
2017
4.4% 3.8% 2.7% 15,263
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 2.7% 15,289
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 2.7% 15,752
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 2.9% 16,806
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 3.4% 19,760
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 3.5% 19,978
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 3.4% 19,632
November
2016
4.6% 5.1% 3.5% 20,290
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 3.6% 20,873

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.