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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Job Growth

There were 1,892,400 jobs in Detroit, Michigan in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,935,022 employed persons for the month. Detroit lost 2,800 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 6,105 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Detroit job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,892,400 -2,800 +317,600
CPS 1,935,022 +6,105 +463,666

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 2,212,400. Since then 320,000 jobs have been lost in Detroit according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,515,800 in April 2020, Detroit has gained 376,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,234,239 for Detroit in April 2000. 299,217 jobs have been lost in Detroit since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,467,358, Detroit has added 467,664 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Detroit, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 1,892,400 -2,800 1,935,022 6,105
April 2021 1,895,200 -5,200 1,928,917 5,370
March 2021 1,900,400 5,400 1,923,547 11,831
February 2021 1,895,000 23,500 1,911,716 -7,065
January 2021 1,871,500 18,200 1,918,781 13,635
December 2020 1,853,300 -30,000 1,905,146 -1,876
November 2020 1,883,300 4,500 1,907,022 -755
October 2020 1,878,800 12,300 1,907,777 6,564
September 2020 1,866,500 25,600 1,901,213 11,514
August 2020 1,840,900 23,400 1,889,699 14,474
July 2020 1,817,500 65,600 1,875,225 161,846
June 2020 1,751,900 177,100 1,713,379 242,023