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Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Rapids fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2021 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids peaked in April 2020 at 22.3% and is now 17.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Grand Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.0% -0.2 +1.6
Michigan 5.1% -0.1 +1.4
Grand Rapids 4.7% -0.1 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2021 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 April 2020 at 120,538. There are now 94,200 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Rapids 26,338 -566 +11,768

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployed
April
2021
6.1%
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.7% 26,338
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.8% 26,904
January
2021
6.3% 5.7% 4.9% 27,727
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 4.8% 26,890
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 4.8% 27,814
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 5.0% 29,230
September
2020
7.8% 8.2% 6.8% 40,309
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 7.5% 44,576
July
2020
10.2% 9.0% 7.7% 45,125
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 11.9% 71,501
May
2020
13.3% 20.8% 17.5% 100,460

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.