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Detroit Unemployment Sits at 25%—Lower than Pandemic Peak, Twice Pre-pandemic Rate

August 30, 2021

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U-M Institute for Social Research Center for Population Studies research associate and public policy professor Elisabeth Gerber discusses the unemployment rate in Detroit, which is more than “twice what it was prior to the pandemic,” falling considerably from its peak (48%). The research highlights that Black & Latino Detroiters, low-income earners, those without a college education, and individuals with children were “more likely to be unemployed compared to other Detroit residents. Gerber notes, in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals who were sick or cared for someone with the coronavirus contributed to their unemployment.

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