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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in April 2020 at 24.7% and is now 19.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in August 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.4 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit 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
Detroit 5.5% -0.3 -4.7
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: 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 366,551 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 84,529 in August 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 29,757. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 114,286 -5,488 -102,572

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.9% 5.5% 114,286
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 5.8% 119,774
September
2021
4.7% 6.3% 6.0% 123,627
August
2021
5.2% 4.7% 4.1% 84,529
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
6.0% 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
6.4% 5.7% 5.2% 105,002

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.