Department of Numbers

Michigan Job Growth

There were 4,120,600 jobs in Michigan in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,451,945 employed persons for the month. Michigan added 63,500 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 13,840 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Michigan job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,120,600 +63,500 -332,299
CPS 4,451,945 -13,840 -291,434

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 4,693,200. Since then 572,599 jobs have been lost in Michigan according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,397,600 in April 2020, Michigan has gained 723,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Michigan reached a maximum of 4,993,328 in March 2000. 541,383 jobs have been lost in Michigan since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 3,502,065, Michigan has added 949,880 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 4,120,600 63,500 4,451,945 -13,840
January 2021 4,057,100 29,200 4,465,785 10,802
December 2020 4,027,900 -67,800 4,454,983 -3,996
November 2020 4,095,700 1,300 4,458,979 -2,791
October 2020 4,094,400 12,500 4,461,770 11,023
September 2020 4,081,900 38,400 4,450,747 21,849
August 2020 4,043,500 59,100 4,428,898 29,373
July 2020 3,984,400 126,100 4,399,525 177,595
June 2020 3,858,300 337,500 4,221,930 503,576
May 2020 3,520,800 123,200 3,718,354 216,289
April 2020 3,397,600 -1,017,100 3,502,065 -1,232,795
March 2020 4,414,700 -38,200 4,734,860 -8,519