Unemployment Rate Steady

Jun 21, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

In May 2023, Michigan’s unemployment rate remained stable at 3.9% for the fourth consecutive month, while the national unemployment rate rose by 0.1% to 4.0%. 


    • The statewide labor force participation rate was stable at 62.3% over the month.
    • Payroll jobs increased for the fourth consecutive month, adding 8,000 jobs.
    • The leisure and hospitality sector exhibited the largest numerical gain during May, adding 6,000 jobs.
    • Industries with the most pronounced over-the-year numerical job gains included government (+17,000), private education and health services (+17,000), and construction (+16,000).

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area:

    • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose by 0.1% for the month to 3.9%.
    • The labor force increased slightly by 1,000.
    • The jobless rate advanced by 0.7% over the year.
    • Since May 2023, employment rose by 15,000, and unemployment increased by 16,000.

To read the full monthly jobs report by the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, please click here.

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