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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2021 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in April 2020 at 24.7% and is now 20.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Michigan 4.7% -0.1 -3.8
Detroit 4.1% -0.2 -6.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Detroit, Michigan, National

Detroit, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Detroit, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Detroit peaked in April 2020 at 480,837. There are now 396,370 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 84,467 -2,149 -139,780

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 4.7% 4.1% 84,467
July
2021
5.4% 4.8% 4.3% 86,616
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 4.4% 90,036
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.4% 89,661
April
2021
6.1% 4.9% 4.3% 86,737
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.5% 91,108
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.5% 90,674
January
2021
6.3% 5.7% 5.2% 105,002
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 10.3% 218,613
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 10.2% 216,858
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 10.1% 215,027

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.