Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 10.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Michigan 3.9% -0.1 -0.8

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 533,736 fewer people unemployed in the state. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 191,302 -2,096 -40,690

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 3.9% 191,302
September 2018 3.7% 4.0% 193,398
August 2018 3.9% 4.1% 201,383
July 2018 3.9% 4.3% 211,949
June 2018 4.0% 4.4% 218,516
May 2018 3.8% 4.6% 223,476
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