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Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Battle Creek fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 6.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Battle Creek peaked in April 2020 at 24.2% and is now 17.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Battle Creek 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
Battle Creek 6.9% -0.3 -0.7
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: 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 14,534. There are now 10,407 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,681 in August 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 446. Battle Creek employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Battle Creek, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Battle Creek 4,127 -173 -575

Number of Unemployed Persons

Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.9% 6.9% 4,127
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 7.2% 4,300
September
2021
4.7% 6.3% 7.3% 4,401
August
2021
5.2% 4.7% 6.2% 3,681
July
2021
5.4% 4.8% 6.2% 3,731
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 6.4% 3,811
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 6.3% 3,781
April
2021
6.0% 4.9% 6.2% 3,713
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 6.2% 3,747
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 6.3% 3,819
January
2021
6.4% 5.7% 7.5% 4,646

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.