* 2011 Data thru September 2011
Explanation of the indicator:
The unemployment rate reflects the number of unemployed residents as a percent of the labor force (total employed and unemployed residents). Residents are considered unemployed if they are not working but are actively seeking employment. The unemployment rate reflects the success of the economy in providing opportunities for residents to support themselves and their families.
In some cases, County-level data is not available from the same data source used by the State. In other cases, County-level data is not available for the same time frame used by the State. In these instances, data sources and time frames were selected that most closely match those of the State. Due to this difference, it must be noted that comparisons may not be completely equivalent in all cases. Michigan's data source is the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.