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Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kalamazoo fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Kalamazoo peaked in April 2020 at 18.8% and is now 13.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Kalamazoo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Michigan 5.2% -0.5 +1.5
Kalamazoo 5.5% -0.2 +2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 29,469. There are now 20,604 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,632 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 233. Kalamazoo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kalamazoo 8,865 -276 +3,467

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kalamazoo, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.5% 8,865
January
2021
6.3% 5.7% 5.7% 9,141
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 5.3% 8,632
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 5.4% 9,007
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 5.5% 9,425
September
2020
7.8% 8.2% 7.6% 13,258
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 7.8% 13,548
July
2020
10.2% 9.0% 7.9% 13,682
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 11.8% 20,756
May
2020
13.3% 20.8% 15.9% 27,006
April
2020
14.8% 23.6% 18.8% 29,469

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.