Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kalamazoo rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Kalamazoo peaked in June 2009 at 11.5% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Kalamazoo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Michigan 4.3% +0.1 +0.3
Kalamazoo 3.6% +0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 June 2009 at 20,246. There are now 14,170 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,860 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 216. Kalamazoo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kalamazoo 6,076 +67 +170

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kalamazoo, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployment Rate
Kalamazoo
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.2%
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.6% 6,076
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.5% 6,009
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.5% 5,984
April
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.5% 5,975
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 5,949
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 5,872
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 3.6% 6,004
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.6% 6,025
November
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.6% 6,013
October
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 5,957

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.