Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan rose 0.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Michigan peaked in April 2020 at 24.0% and is now 17.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Michigan 6.9% +0.8 +3.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Michigan peaked in April 2020 at 1,102,500. There are now 760,661 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 298,625 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 43,214. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 341,839 +43,214 +151,485

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Michigan from 1990 to November 2020

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 6.9% 341,839
October 2020 6.9% 6.1% 298,625
September 2020 7.8% 8.6% 414,850
August 2020 8.4% 8.7% 425,223
July 2020 10.2% 8.7% 421,388
June 2020 11.1% 14.9% 738,476
May 2020 13.3% 21.3% 1,012,746
April 2020 14.8% 24.0% 1,102,500
March 2020 4.4% 4.3% 208,831
February 2020 3.5% 3.6% 180,318
January 2020 3.5% 3.8% 187,209