Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kalamazoo fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Kalamazoo peaked in February 2010 at 11.6% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kalamazoo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Michigan 4.0% 0.0 -0.4
Kalamazoo 3.2% -0.3 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 September 2009 at 19,801. There are now 14,438 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kalamazoo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kalamazoo 5,363 -520 -2,510

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kalamazoo, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.2% 5,363
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 3.5% 5,883
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.8% 6,331
November
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.7% 6,144
October
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 6,126
September
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.5% 5,808
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.3% 5,513
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.6% 6,001
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 3.8% 6,445
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.9% 6,634
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.3% 7,324

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.