Department of Numbers

Michigan Job Growth

There were 4,172,000 jobs in Michigan in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,502,046 employed persons for the month. Michigan added 4,700 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 14,304 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Michigan job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,172,000 +4,700 +128,500
CPS 4,502,046 +14,304 +73,148

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 521,200 jobs have been lost in Michigan according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,397,600 in April 2020, Michigan has gained 774,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Michigan reached a maximum of 4,993,328 in March 2000. 491,282 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 999,981 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 4,172,000 4,700 4,502,046 14,304
July 2021 4,167,300 32,699 4,487,742 3,307
June 2021 4,134,600 17,200 4,484,435 8,402
May 2021 4,117,399 1,899 4,476,033 6,294
April 2021 4,115,500 -18,100 4,469,739 5,295
March 2021 4,133,600 16,200 4,464,444 12,606
February 2021 4,117,399 60,299 4,451,838 -13,947
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