Department of Numbers

Michigan Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Michigan fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2019 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 10.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Michigan unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Michigan 4.1% -0.1 +0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Michigan, National

Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Michigan peaked in June 2009 at 725,038. There are now 522,715 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 191,302 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,021. Michigan job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Michigan 202,323 -5,331 +8,740

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Michigan from 1990 to October 2019

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
November 2019 3.5%
October 2019 3.6% 4.1% 202,323
September 2019 3.5% 4.2% 207,654
August 2019 3.7% 4.2% 210,604
July 2019 3.7% 4.3% 212,287
June 2019 3.7% 4.2% 209,886
May 2019 3.6% 4.2% 207,108
April 2019 3.6% 4.1% 201,739
March 2019 3.8% 4.0% 198,303
February 2019 3.8% 4.0% 195,301
January 2019 4.0% 4.0% 197,705
December 2018 3.9% 4.0% 196,327