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Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Rapids rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.4%. 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 April 2020 at 20.5% and is now 17.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Grand Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Michigan 4.1% 0.0 -1.6
Grand Rapids 3.4% +0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 111,572. There are now 92,030 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,932 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 610.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Rapids 19,542 +351 -3,413

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.1% 3.4% 19,542
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 3.3% 19,191
July
2022
3.5% 4.2% 3.3% 18,932
June
2022
3.6% 4.3% 3.4% 19,396
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 3.4% 19,205
April
2022
3.6% 4.3% 3.4% 19,133
March
2022
3.6% 4.4% 3.4% 19,318
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 3.6% 20,261
January
2022
4.0% 4.9% 3.7% 20,899
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 3.9% 21,854
November
2021
4.2% 5.2% 3.8% 21,711

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.