This interactive graph shows the number of unemployed workers in Michigan on the x axis compared with the size of the workforce on the y axis. The size and color of the markers change to show increases and decreases in the unemployment rate.
Although employment in Michigan has been on the decline since 2000, the unemployment rate remained steady at around 7% for several years. Then, in mid 2008, as the recession took hold and two of the three major Detroit auto makers filed bankruptcy and unemployment spiraled out of control.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Michigan peaked at 14.5% in December, 2009.
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