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Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Battle Creek rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. 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 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in August 2018, 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Michigan 3.9% -0.1 -0.8
Battle Creek 4.1% +0.2 -1.1
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: 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 5,968 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,306 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 305. Battle Creek employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Battle Creek, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Battle Creek 2,611 +153 -695

Number of Unemployed Persons

Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.9% 4.1% 2,611
September
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.9% 2,458
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.7% 2,306
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.8% 2,393
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 4.2% 2,668
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 4.4% 2,785
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.9% 3,125
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

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.