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Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Rapids fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2020 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids peaked in July 2009 at 12.3% and is now 9.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in February 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Grand Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Michigan 4.3% +0.7 0.0
Grand Rapids 2.6% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Grand Rapids, Michigan, National

Grand Rapids, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Grand Rapids peaked in July 2009 at 61,748. There are now 47,047 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Rapids 14,701 -524 -3,068

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 22.7%
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 2.6% 14,701
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 2.6% 15,225
January
2020
3.6% 3.8% 2.8% 16,076
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.8% 16,047
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.8% 16,219
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 2.8% 16,391
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.9% 16,560
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 2.9% 16,709
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 2.9% 16,874
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 2.9% 17,053
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.0% 17,279

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.