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Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ann Arbor rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Ann Arbor peaked in June 2009 at 9.8% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Ann Arbor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Michigan 3.9% -0.1 -0.8
Ann Arbor 3.0% +0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 18,304. There are now 12,396 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,250 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 658. Ann Arbor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Ann Arbor 5,908 +461 -1,316

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.0% 5,908
September
2018
3.7% 4.0% 2.8% 5,447
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 2.7% 5,250
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 2.8% 5,563
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 3.0% 5,923
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 3.1% 6,077
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 3.4% 6,649
March
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.4% 6,651
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.8% 7,297
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.7% 7,236
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.7% 7,258

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.