Department of Numbers

Midland, Michigan Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Midland rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Michigan rate. The unemployment rate in Midland peaked in January 2010 at 10.6% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Midland 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
Midland 3.9% +0.1 -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: Midland, Michigan, National

Midland, Michigan monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Midland, Michigan Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Midland peaked in October 2009 at 4,469. There are now 2,888 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,440 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 141.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Midland 1,581 +71 -356

Number of Unemployed Persons

Midland, Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployment Rate
Midland
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.9% 1,581
September
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.8% 1,510
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 1,440
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.9% 1,571
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 4.2% 1,704
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 4.3% 1,754
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.8% 1,941
March
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.8% 1,925
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 5.0% 2,017
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.9% 1,979
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.9% 1,987

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.