Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kalamazoo rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Kalamazoo peaked in February 2010 at 11.6% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Kalamazoo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Michigan 3.9% -0.1 -0.8
Kalamazoo 3.7% +0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 13,671 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,513 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 617. Kalamazoo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Kalamazoo 6,130 +322 -1,583

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kalamazoo, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.7% 6,130
September
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.5% 5,808
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.3% 5,513
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.6% 6,001
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 3.8% 6,445
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 3.9% 6,634
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.3% 7,324
March
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 7,417
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.6% 7,873
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.6% 7,688
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.7% 7,940

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.