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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit rose 1.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 23.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate for Detroit in May 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Michigan 21.2% -2.8 +17.0
Detroit 23.2% +1.7 +18.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 448,564. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 448,564 +34,072 +351,177

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 21.2% 23.2% 448,564
April
2020
14.7% 24.0% 21.5% 414,492
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 4.6% 99,147
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.9% 83,700
January
2020
3.6% 3.8% 4.0% 85,946
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.0% 87,389
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.0% 86,976
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 4.0% 86,898
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.1% 88,346
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.2% 90,792
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 93,543

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.