Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kalamazoo fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Kalamazoo peaked in April 2020 at 17.5% and is now 13.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kalamazoo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Michigan 4.3% -0.1 -1.9
Kalamazoo 4.0% -0.1 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 27,273. There are now 20,634 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kalamazoo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Kalamazoo 6,639 -37 -2,795

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kalamazoo, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.0% 6,639
March
2022
3.6% 4.4% 4.1% 6,676
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 4.2% 6,907
January
2022
4.0% 4.9% 4.3% 7,049
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 4.5% 7,355
November
2021
4.2% 5.2% 4.5% 7,307
October
2021
4.6% 5.4% 4.5% 7,352
September
2021
4.7% 5.7% 4.7% 7,680
August
2021
5.2% 6.0% 5.0% 8,130
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 5.3% 8,599
June
2021
5.9% 6.3% 5.5% 8,978

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.