Department of Numbers

Michigan Job Growth

There were 4,113,300 jobs in Michigan in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,475,617 employed persons for the month. Michigan lost 2,200 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 5,878 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Michigan job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,113,300 -2,200 +592,500
CPS 4,475,617 +5,878 +757,263

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 579,900 jobs have been lost in Michigan according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,397,600 in April 2020, Michigan has gained 715,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Michigan reached a maximum of 4,993,328 in March 2000. 517,711 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 973,552 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 4,113,300 -2,200 4,475,617 5,878
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
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