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Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ann Arbor fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Ann Arbor peaked in April 2020 at 15.2% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in August 2021, 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 November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Michigan 5.9% -0.2 -2.3
Ann Arbor 4.5% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 27,615. There are now 19,199 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,626 in August 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 790. Ann Arbor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ann Arbor 8,416 -475 -1,647

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ann Arbor, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployment Rate
Ann Arbor
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.9% 4.5% 8,416
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 4.7% 8,891
September
2021
4.7% 6.3% 5.0% 9,311
August
2021
5.2% 4.7% 4.0% 7,626
July
2021
5.4% 4.8% 4.2% 7,982
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 4.5% 8,431
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.6% 8,708
April
2021
6.0% 4.9% 4.7% 8,880
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.8% 9,162
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.0% 9,505
January
2021
6.4% 5.7% 5.2% 9,855

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.