Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kalamazoo fell 2.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 16.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 5.2 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Kalamazoo peaked in April 2020 at 18.8% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kalamazoo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Michigan 21.2% -2.8 +17.0
Kalamazoo 16.0% -2.8 +12.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,628 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kalamazoo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Kalamazoo 26,841 -2,628 +20,713

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kalamazoo, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 21.2% 16.0% 26,841
April
2020
14.7% 24.0% 18.8% 29,469
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 3.1% 5,187
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.2% 5,398
January
2020
3.6% 3.8% 3.3% 5,650
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.3% 5,605
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.4% 5,701
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.4% 5,806
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.5% 5,903
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.6% 5,982
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.6% 6,045

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.