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Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Battle Creek fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Battle Creek peaked in February 2010 at 12.6% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Battle Creek unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Michigan 4.0% 0.0 -0.4
Battle Creek 3.7% -0.3 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 June 2009 at 8,579. There are now 6,241 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 32. Battle Creek employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Battle Creek, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Battle Creek 2,338 -222 -925

Number of Unemployed Persons

Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 2,338
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 2,560
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.4% 2,762
November
2018
3.7% 4.0% 4.2% 2,658
October
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.1% 2,612
September
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.9% 2,458
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.7% 2,306
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.8% 2,393
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.2% 2,668
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.4% 2,785
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.9% 3,125

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.