Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2018 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 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 10.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Michigan 4.0% +0.1 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 529,358 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 191,347 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,333. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 195,680 +3,907 -35,259

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
December 2018 3.9% 4.0% 195,680
November 2018 3.7% 3.9% 191,773
October 2018 3.8% 3.9% 191,347
September 2018 3.7% 4.0% 193,398
August 2018 3.8% 4.1% 201,383
July 2018 3.9% 4.3% 211,949
June 2018 4.0% 4.4% 218,516
May 2018 3.8% 4.6% 223,476
April 2018 3.9% 4.7% 228,219
March 2018 4.0% 4.7% 229,900
February 2018 4.1% 4.8% 232,645
January 2018 4.1% 4.7% 231,627