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Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Battle Creek fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2018 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Battle Creek peaked in February 2010 at 12.6% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in June 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Battle Creek unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Michigan 4.7% 0.0 +0.3
Battle Creek 4.9% 0.0 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 June 2009 at 8,579. There are now 5,458 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,906 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 215. Battle Creek employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Battle Creek, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Battle Creek 3,121 +3 +148

Number of Unemployed Persons

Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.6%
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.9% 3,121
March
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.9% 3,118
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 5.1% 3,263
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.1% 3,222
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.4% 3,402
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.3% 3,355
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.2% 3,306
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 5.2% 3,336
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 5.2% 3,316
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.0% 3,158
June
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.7% 3,011

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.