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Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Rapids fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids peaked in July 2009 at 12.4% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Grand Rapids 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
Grand Rapids 2.6% -0.3 -1.1
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: 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 June 2009 at 62,293. There are now 46,981 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Rapids 15,312 -1,667 -5,989

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 2.6% 15,312
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 2.9% 16,979
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.1% 18,286
November
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.1% 18,105
October
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.2% 18,496
September
2018
3.7% 3.9% 2.9% 17,065
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 2.7% 15,842
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 2.7% 15,744
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 2.8% 16,325
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.0% 17,195
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.3% 19,486

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.