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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower 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 3.7% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Michigan 4.0% 0.0 -0.4
Detroit 4.0% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 263,327 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 78,066 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,458. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 86,524 -396 +1,542

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 4.0% 86,524
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 4.1% 86,920
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.0% 85,886
November
2018
3.7% 4.0% 4.0% 85,924
October
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.0% 86,011
September
2018
3.7% 3.9% 4.0% 86,102
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.0% 86,191
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.1% 86,172
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 86,004
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.0% 85,894
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.0% 85,821

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.