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Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Rapids fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids peaked in July 2009 at 12.3% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in June 2018, 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 August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Michigan 4.2% -0.1 +0.3
Grand Rapids 2.9% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 July 2009 at 61,748. There are now 44,524 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,119 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,105.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Rapids 17,224 +474 +1,017

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Rapids, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployment Rate
Grand Rapids
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.2%
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 2.9% 17,224
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 2.9% 16,750
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 2.8% 16,549
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 2.8% 16,587
April
2019
3.6% 4.1% 2.9% 16,842
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 2.9% 16,820
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 2.9% 16,766
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 3.0% 17,145
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.0% 17,106
November
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.0% 17,104
October
2018
3.8% 4.0% 2.9% 16,911

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.