Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2018 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 9.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Michigan 4.7% -0.1 +0.1

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 495,096 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 211,992 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 17,950. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 229,942 -2,703 +6,657

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
March 2018 4.1% 4.7% 229,942
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
October 2017 4.1% 4.7% 231,992
September 2017 4.2% 4.7% 229,507
August 2017 4.4% 4.6% 224,390
July 2017 4.3% 4.5% 217,672
June 2017 4.3% 4.4% 212,730
May 2017 4.3% 4.4% 211,992
April 2017 4.4% 4.4% 215,649