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Niles-Benton Harbor, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Niles rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2017 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Niles peaked in September 2009 at 13.6% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.3 percentage points. You can also compare Niles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Michigan 4.7% +0.1 -0.4
Niles 5.2% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2017 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Niles, Michigan, National

Niles, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Niles, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Niles peaked in October 2009 at 10,494. There are now 6,630 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,875 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 989. Niles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Niles, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Niles 3,864 +97 +210

Number of Unemployed Persons

Niles, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Niles
Unemployment Rate
Niles
Unemployed
January
2018
4.1%
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.2% 3,864
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 5.1% 3,767
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.0% 3,699
September
2017
4.2% 4.3% 5.1% 3,763
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.8% 3,571
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.3% 3,131
June
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.9% 2,875
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.0% 2,903
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.2% 3,080
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.5% 3,329
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 5.2% 3,902

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.