Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Michigan peaked in June 2009 at 14.6% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Michigan 4.6% -0.1 +0.2

Note: All comparisons are made with May data as June state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Michigan peaked in June 2009 at 725,038. There are now 501,553 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 211,992 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,493. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 223,485 -4,734 +11,493

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Michigan from 1990 to May 2018

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
June 2018 4.0%
May 2018 3.8% 4.6% 223,485
April 2018 3.9% 4.7% 228,219
March 2018 4.1% 4.7% 229,900
February 2018 4.1% 4.8% 232,645
January 2018 4.1% 4.7% 231,627
December 2017 4.1% 4.7% 230,939
November 2017 4.1% 4.7% 231,758
October 2017 4.1% 4.7% 231,992
September 2017 4.2% 4.7% 229,507
August 2017 4.4% 4.6% 224,390
July 2017 4.3% 4.5% 217,672