Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.5 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Michigan peaked in April 2020 at 23.6% and is now 18.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Michigan 5.2% -0.5 +1.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Michigan peaked in April 2020 at 1,084,356. There are now 841,056 fewer people unemployed in the state. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 243,300 -27,462 +58,730

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Michigan from 1990 to February 2021

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 5.2% 243,300
January 2021 6.3% 5.7% 270,762
December 2020 6.7% 8.2% 400,370
November 2020 6.7% 8.2% 396,682
October 2020 6.9% 8.1% 392,843
September 2020 7.8% 8.2% 398,010
August 2020 8.4% 8.5% 412,633
July 2020 10.2% 9.0% 435,896
June 2020 11.1% 14.1% 695,082
May 2020 13.3% 20.8% 976,829
April 2020 14.8% 23.6% 1,084,356