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 are not available from the same data source used by the State.
In other cases, County-level data are 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. For this indicator, Michigan's data reflects seasonally adjusted unemployment rates.
Ottawa's unemployment rate is not seasonally adjusted because seasonally adjusted rates are not available for counties. Michigan's
data source is the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.