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Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kalamazoo fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Kalamazoo peaked in April 2020 at 18.0% and is now 12.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Kalamazoo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Michigan 5.9% -0.2 -2.3
Kalamazoo 5.3% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kalamazoo, Michigan, National

Kalamazoo, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kalamazoo, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kalamazoo peaked in April 2020 at 28,054. There are now 19,410 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,091 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,553. Kalamazoo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kalamazoo 8,644 -255 -1,589

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kalamazoo, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.9% 5.3% 8,644
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 5.4% 8,899
September
2021
4.7% 6.3% 5.5% 8,964
August
2021
5.2% 4.7% 4.4% 7,176
July
2021
5.4% 4.8% 4.4% 7,091
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 5.2% 8,458
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.2% 8,480
April
2021
6.0% 4.9% 5.2% 8,394
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 5.2% 8,459
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.3% 8,602
January
2021
6.4% 5.7% 6.1% 10,077

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.