|Measure||Baseline (2015)||Current||Target (2025)||Trend||Michigan||Chart|
|Unemployment rate Disaggregated||12%||10%||6%
Rationale: This is the second lowest unemployment rate among a set of nine Midwestern cities of comparable size, demographics, and education levels; we chose this instead of the median given the fast decline in the unemployment rate in recent years.Source: PolicyLink analysis of demographic data from the US Census.
|American Indian or Alaskan Native||7%||7%||-||13%|
|Some other race||8%||7%||-||11%|
|Two or more races||24%||16%||-||15%|
About this measure
The unemployment rate represents the proportion of Battle Creek residents ages 16 and over who are available and actively looking for work but have not found employment. It is a critical measure for assessing the well-being of people and families and the health of the economy because it shows the extent to which the working-age population is connected to the economy. Racial inequities in the unemployment rate reflect persistent inequities in the labor market, including employer discrimination as well as the fact that workers of color are hit first and worst by economic downturns and often are the “last hired and first fired.” A declining unemployment rate indicates that more workers who have been locked out of the labor market are finding work.
Resources for this measure
Here are a variety of resources to help community members learn more about our labor force participation rate:
- Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce
- Battle Creek Unlimited Work Force Data
- City of Battle Creek
- Community Action of South-Central Michigan
- Michigan Works! SW
If you need help finding employment, contact Michigan Works! SW at (269) 660-1412.
About the data
|Definition:||The percent of workers in the labor force who are unemployed.|
|Numerator:||Civilian population age 16 years currently not working and in the labor force (has actively sought employment in the past four weeks).|
|Denominator:||Population age 16 years and over in the labor force.|
|Rationale:||This is the second lowest unemployment rate among a set of nine Midwestern cities of comparable size, demographics, and education levels; we chose this instead of the median given the fast decline in the unemployment rate in recent years.|
|Source:||U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-year samples.|