Department of Numbers

Flint, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Flint rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2018 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Flint peaked in May 2009 at 16.2% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Flint unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Michigan 4.0% +0.1 -0.7
Flint 4.9% +0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2018 data as January 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 33,113. There are now 24,254 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,188 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 671. Flint employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Flint, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Flint 8,859 +150 -2,353

Number of Unemployed Persons

Flint, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployment Rate
Flint
Unemployed
January
2019
4.0%
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.9% 8,859
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 4.8% 8,709
October
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.7% 8,608
September
2018
3.7% 4.0% 4.5% 8,199
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.5% 8,188
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.9% 9,058
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 5.0% 9,270
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 5.2% 9,592
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 5.6% 10,283
March
2018
4.0% 4.7% 5.7% 10,357
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 5.9% 10,837

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.