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Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ann Arbor fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Ann Arbor peaked in June 2009 at 9.7% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Ann Arbor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Michigan 4.2% -0.1 +0.3
Ann Arbor 3.0% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Ann Arbor, Michigan, National

Ann Arbor, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ann Arbor peaked in June 2009 at 18,166. There are now 12,311 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,520 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 335. Ann Arbor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Ann Arbor 5,855 -9 +304

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.2%
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.0% 5,855
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.0% 5,864
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.0% 5,855
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.0% 5,901
April
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.1% 5,972
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.0% 5,945
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.0% 5,829
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 3.0% 5,874
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.0% 5,846
November
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.0% 5,839
October
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.0% 5,771

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.