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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Job Growth

There were 1,620,100 jobs in Detroit, Michigan in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,487,208 employed persons for the month. Detroit added 68,800 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 27,399 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Detroit job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,620,100 +68,800 -416,900
CPS 1,487,208 -27,399 -572,683

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Detroit, Michigan Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Detroit 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 for Detroit, Michigan

CES employment for Detroit peaked in June 2000 at 2,211,400. Since then 591,300 jobs have been lost in Detroit according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,551,300 in April 2020, Detroit has gained 68,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,229,066 for Detroit in April 2000. 741,858 jobs have been lost in Detroit since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Detroit, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 1,620,100 68,800 1,487,208 -27,399
April 2020 1,551,300 -477,300 1,514,607 -557,484
March 2020 2,028,600 -25,400 2,072,091 -9,612
February 2020 2,054,000 1,000 2,081,703 588
January 2020 2,053,000 3,100 2,081,115 3,509
December 2019 2,049,900 6,200 2,077,606 -639
November 2019 2,043,700 6,100 2,078,245 -279
October 2019 2,037,600 -2,200 2,078,524 2,334
September 2019 2,039,800 -2,400 2,076,190 4,192
August 2019 2,042,200 3,000 2,071,998 4,948
July 2019 2,039,200 1,700 2,067,050 4,571
June 2019 2,037,500 500 2,062,479 2,588