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Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Rapids fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids peaked in April 2020 at 21.2% and is now 17.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Grand Rapids unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Michigan 4.8% -0.2 -4.2
Grand Rapids 4.2% -0.2 -2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 116,007. There are now 91,766 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 21,357 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,884.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Rapids 24,241 -740 -12,539

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.8% 4.2% 24,241
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 4.4% 24,981
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.4% 24,731
April
2021
6.1% 4.9% 4.2% 23,564
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.0% 22,568
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 3.8% 21,357
January
2021
6.3% 5.7% 4.4% 24,948
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 5.1% 29,069
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 5.3% 30,289
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 5.5% 31,517
September
2020
7.8% 8.2% 5.6% 32,338

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.