Department of Numbers

Michigan Job Growth

There were 3,579,300 jobs in Michigan in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,744,848 employed persons for the month. Michigan added 178,200 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 255,828 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Michigan job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,579,300 +178,200 -850,000
CPS 3,744,848 +255,828 -976,181

Michigan Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Michigan as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Michigan

CES employment peaked in June 2000 for Michigan at 4,691,500. Since then 1,112,200 jobs have been lost in Michigan according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,401,100 in April 2020, Michigan has gained 178,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Michigan reached a maximum of 5,003,215 in March 2000. 1,258,367 jobs have been lost in Michigan since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 3,489,020, Michigan has added 255,828 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 3,579,300 178,200 3,744,848 255,828
April 2020 3,401,100 -1,021,700 3,489,020 -1,204,657
March 2020 4,422,800 -38,700 4,693,677 -76,191
February 2020 4,461,500 10,900 4,769,868 10,353
January 2020 4,450,600 1,300 4,759,515 9,427
December 2019 4,449,300 6,700 4,750,088 -874
November 2019 4,442,600 28,000 4,750,962 -24
October 2019 4,414,600 -23,500 4,750,986 4,421
September 2019 4,438,100 -4,300 4,746,565 7,162
August 2019 4,442,400 9,600 4,739,403 7,826
July 2019 4,432,800 2,600 4,731,577 7,007
June 2019 4,430,200 900 4,724,570 3,541