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Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Rapids fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids peaked in July 2009 at 12.4% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in June 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Grand Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Michigan 5.3% +0.1 +0.3
Grand Rapids 3.4% 0.0 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 42,545 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,206 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,542.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Rapids 19,748 -85 +2,802

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 5.1%
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 3.4% 19,748
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 3.4% 19,833
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 3.4% 19,513
November
2016
4.6% 5.1% 3.8% 21,584
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 3.8% 21,365
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 3.3% 18,936
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 3.3% 18,421
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 2.9% 16,206
June
2016
4.9% 4.8% 2.9% 16,358
May
2016
4.7% 4.8% 3.1% 17,565
April
2016
5.0% 4.9% 3.3% 18,628

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.