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Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ann Arbor fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Ann Arbor peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Ann Arbor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Michigan 5.2% -0.5 +1.5
Ann Arbor 4.8% -0.2 +2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 April 2020 at 28,737. There are now 19,608 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,264 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 865. Ann Arbor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ann Arbor 9,129 -302 +4,006

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.8% 9,129
January
2021
6.3% 5.7% 5.0% 9,431
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 4.3% 8,264
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 4.3% 8,431
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 4.3% 8,673
September
2020
7.8% 8.2% 6.2% 12,628
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 6.7% 13,862
July
2020
10.2% 9.0% 6.8% 13,966
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 10.2% 21,213
May
2020
13.3% 20.8% 14.0% 27,604
April
2020
14.8% 23.6% 15.5% 28,737

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.