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Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Rapids rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids peaked in July 2009 at 12.4% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Grand Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Michigan 3.9% -0.1 -0.8
Grand Rapids 3.2% +0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 43,799 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,744 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,750.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Rapids 18,494 +1,429 -3,146

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.2% 18,494
September
2018
3.7% 4.0% 2.9% 17,065
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 2.7% 15,842
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 2.7% 15,744
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 2.8% 16,325
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 3.0% 17,195
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 3.3% 19,486
March
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.3% 19,122
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.7% 21,301
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.7% 21,497
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.9% 22,329

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.