Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kalamazoo fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Kalamazoo peaked in February 2010 at 11.6% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Kalamazoo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Michigan 4.6% +0.1 -0.5
Kalamazoo 4.5% 0.0 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kalamazoo, Michigan, National

Kalamazoo, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kalamazoo, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kalamazoo peaked in September 2009 at 19,801. There are now 12,144 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,940 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,717. Kalamazoo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Kalamazoo 7,657 +50 +307

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kalamazoo, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 4.5% 7,657
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 7,607
September
2017
4.2% 4.3% 4.6% 7,804
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.4% 7,350
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.8% 6,477
June
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.5% 5,940
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 3.6% 5,990
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 3.7% 6,203
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 3.9% 6,623
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 4.5% 7,663
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 4.4% 7,519

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.