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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.7%. 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 23.6% and is now 19.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Michigan 4.1% 0.0 -1.6
Detroit 3.7% -0.1 -2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 May 2020 at 514,020. There are now 436,606 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 77,414 -4,173 -48,794

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.1% 3.7% 77,414
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 3.8% 81,587
July
2022
3.5% 4.2% 4.1% 87,088
June
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.4% 95,183
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.6% 97,987
April
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.6% 98,602
March
2022
3.6% 4.4% 4.7% 100,959
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 5.0% 106,429
January
2022
4.0% 4.9% 5.1% 107,738
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 5.3% 112,749
November
2021
4.2% 5.2% 5.4% 114,122

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.