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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2018 to 4.2%. 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 12.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Michigan 4.1% -0.2 -0.5
Detroit 4.2% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2018 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 June 2009 at 349,851. There are now 261,774 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 84,892 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,185. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 88,077 -3,729 -1,100

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
September
2018
3.7%
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.2% 88,077
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 94,017
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 93,828

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.