Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2023 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Michigan peaked in April 2020 at 22.6% and is now 18.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in April 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -0.1
Michigan 4.1% -0.2 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2023

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Michigan peaked in April 2020 at 1,031,351. There are now 831,620 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 191,817 in May 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,914. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 199,731 -7,314 +3,711

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Michigan from 1990 to March 2023

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
April 2023 3.4%
March 2023 3.5% 4.1% 199,731
February 2023 3.6% 4.3% 207,045
January 2023 3.4% 4.3% 208,935
December 2022 3.5% 4.3% 209,071
November 2022 3.6% 4.4% 210,410
October 2022 3.7% 4.4% 211,726
September 2022 3.5% 4.3% 210,187
August 2022 3.7% 4.3% 205,966
July 2022 3.5% 4.1% 199,612
June 2022 3.6% 4.0% 194,213
May 2022 3.6% 4.0% 191,817