Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 18.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Michigan 5.0% +0.1 -15.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 849,482 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 231,547 in April 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,327. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 234,874 +3,327 -741,955

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 5.0% 234,874
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
September 2020 7.8% 8.2% 398,010
August 2020 8.4% 8.5% 412,633
July 2020 10.2% 9.0% 435,896