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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in June 2009 at 16.4% and is now 12.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Michigan 3.9% -0.1 -0.8
Detroit 4.0% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 June 2009 at 349,851. There are now 265,797 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 84,054 -416 -9,774

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.9% 4.0% 84,054
September
2018
3.7% 4.0% 4.0% 84,470
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.2% 88,063
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.3% 91,806
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 4.4% 92,880
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 4.4% 93,666
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.5% 94,262
March
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.5% 94,167
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.5% 94,907
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.5% 94,188
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 93,642

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.