Non-Michiganders seem to have a predisposed notion that Michigan, specifically the Metro-Detroit area, has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.  Well, it doesn't!  Michigan actually has an unemployment rate that is about a half percent lower than the national average.

As of last month (August 2016), Michigan has an unemployment rate of 4.5% (216,398 unemployed persons).  The national average for the month of August was 4.9%.  Michigan ranks 22nd in unemployment, tied with Indiana.  South Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.9% and Alaska has the highest unemployment rate at 6.8%.

Michigan is continuing to cut it's unemployment rate throughout 2016.  Since September of last year, Michigan has added almost 26,000 jobs, with only a few months of net loss over the last year.

Michigan Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployment Rate
Michigan
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 4.5% 216,398
July 2016 4.9% 4.5% 214,044
June 2016 4.9% 4.6% 221,805
May 2016 4.7% 4.7% 226,804
April 2016 5.0% 4.8% 232,773
March 2016 5.0% 4.8% 232,239
February 2016 4.9% 4.8% 232,780
January 2016 4.9% 4.9% 237,378
December 2015 5.0% 5.1% 243,303
November 2015 5.0% 5.1% 242,142
October 2015 5.0% 5.1% 241,939
September 2015 5.1% 5.1% 242,200

(From DeptOfNumbers.com)

So next time someone says you live in the 'Rust Belt' or that Michigan is full of unemployed ex-auto workers, tell them they are full of it!