Michigan Employment Statistics

  • 248,445 employers
  • 4,339,850 employees
  • $1,035 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 6.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 10.7% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Michigan Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • -6,019 fewer businesses
  • 564,415 more employees
  • 14.9% increase in total wages
  • $10,151 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 23.3% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Michigan Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Oakland County Michigan, 39,035
County with the Most Employees: Oakland County Michigan, 683,323
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Midland County Michigan, $1,361
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Mackinac County Michigan, 20.0%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Michigan, see: Michigan Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Michigan see:Michigan Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 4,748,858 employed workers
  • 212,295 unemployed workers
  • 4.3% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Michigan, see: Michigan Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 261,907 employers, up 6.2% from 246,534
  • 4,380,857 employees, up 0.4% from 4,361,535
  • $1,018 average weekly wage, up 2.4% from $994
  • The average weekly wage is 7.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 11.1% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Michigan, see: Michigan Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.