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Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Battle Creek fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Battle Creek peaked in April 2020 at 25.6% and is now 19.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Battle Creek 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
Battle Creek 6.6% -0.2 +2.9
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: Battle Creek, Michigan, National

Battle Creek, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Battle Creek peaked in April 2020 at 15,295. There are now 11,293 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,946 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 56. Battle Creek employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Battle Creek, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Battle Creek 4,002 -124 +1,695

Number of Unemployed Persons

Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 6.6% 4,002
January
2021
6.3% 5.7% 6.8% 4,126
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 6.7% 3,946
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 6.8% 4,107
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 7.0% 4,278
September
2020
7.8% 8.2% 9.6% 5,973
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 9.8% 6,085
July
2020
10.2% 9.0% 10.0% 6,133
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 15.3% 9,863
May
2020
13.3% 20.8% 22.9% 14,750
April
2020
14.8% 23.6% 25.6% 15,295

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.