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Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Detroit rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Detroit peaked in April 2020 at 24.7% and is now 20.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Detroit unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Michigan 5.0% +0.1 -15.8
Detroit 4.4% +0.1 -19.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 peaked in April 2020 at 480,837. There are now 391,247 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 86,737 in April 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,853. Detroit employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Detroit, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Detroit 89,590 +2,853 -383,918

Number of Unemployed Persons

Detroit, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployment Rate
Detroit
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.4% 89,590
April
2021
6.1% 4.9% 4.3% 86,737
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.5% 91,108
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.5% 90,674
January
2021
6.3% 5.7% 5.2% 105,002
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 10.3% 218,613
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 10.2% 216,858
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 10.1% 215,027
September
2020
7.8% 8.2% 10.3% 217,386
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 10.6% 224,247
July
2020
10.2% 9.0% 11.1% 235,314

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.