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Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Battle Creek fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 6.2%. 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 24.2% and is now 18.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in March 2021, 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Michigan 4.8% -0.2 -4.2
Battle Creek 6.2% -0.2 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 10,802 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,713 in April 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 19. Battle Creek employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Battle Creek, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Battle Creek 3,732 -79 -1,291

Number of Unemployed Persons

Battle Creek, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployment Rate
Battle Creek
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.8% 6.2% 3,732
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 6.4% 3,811
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 6.3% 3,781
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 5.7% 7.5% 4,646
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 7.5% 4,688
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 7.6% 4,702
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 7.6% 4,708
September
2020
7.8% 8.2% 7.7% 4,740

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.