Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2021 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 19.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
Michigan 4.6% -0.1 -3.6

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 864,066 fewer people unemployed in the state. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 220,290 -3,595 -177,720

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 4.6% 220,290
August 2021 5.2% 4.7% 223,885
July 2021 5.4% 4.8% 227,397
June 2021 5.9% 5.0% 234,721
May 2021 5.8% 5.0% 235,021
April 2021 6.1% 4.9% 231,547
March 2021 6.0% 5.1% 238,881
February 2021 6.2% 5.2% 243,259
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