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Flint, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Flint rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2019 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Flint peaked in May 2009 at 16.2% and is now 11.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Flint unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Michigan 4.1% -0.1 +0.1
Flint 5.1% +0.1 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Flint, Michigan, National

Flint, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Flint, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Flint peaked in May 2009 at 33,149. There are now 23,781 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,206 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,162. Flint employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Flint, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Flint 9,368 +158 +961

Number of Unemployed Persons

Flint, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 4.1% 5.1% 9,368
September
2019
3.5% 4.2% 5.0% 9,210
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 5.0% 9,286
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 5.0% 9,267
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 5.0% 9,283
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 4.9% 9,064
April
2019
3.6% 4.1% 4.7% 8,635
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 4.7% 8,573
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 4.7% 8,476
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 4.7% 8,590
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.7% 8,531

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.