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November Jobless Rates Decline in Most of Michigan's Regional Labor Markets; Rates Down in All Areas Over Year

Contact: Mario L. Morrow (517) 373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

January 4, 2011 – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates decreased in 14 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in November, according to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.  Total employment levels were mixed in the various regions over the month, while labor force levels fell in most areas.

“Michigan’s local labor markets in November were generally stable in the southern half of the state while seasonal patterns dominated in the northern regions,” said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. “Unemployment rates have declined over the year throughout the state’s regions; however employment levels have been relatively flat in most areas over this period.”

From October to November, the unemployment rate reductions in the 14 regions ranged from 0.3 to 1.3 percentage points, but most of the decreases hovered around a half percentage point.  The largest over-the-month drop was posted in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).  Michigan’s three northernmost labor market regions recorded seasonal jobless rate increases in November.

Jobless Rates Down Over Year
From November 2009 to November 2010, all of Michigan’s major regions recorded substantial unemployment rate reductions.  The over-the-year jobless rate drops averaged 2.0 percentage points.  Over the year, jobless rate reductions were most pronounced in the Monroe, Muskegon-Norton Shores, and Detroit-Warren-Livonia metro areas, with declines of 3.0 percentage points or more.  These three areas recorded some of the highest unemployment rates in Michigan during 2009.

Total Employment Mixed Over Month, Year
Most of Michigan’s regional labor markets recorded minimal change in total employment over the month with the exception of the three northernmost regions.  Total employment rose in November in nine areas, averaging a slight gain of 0.6 percent.  Seven areas reported total employment declines over the month, however the only notable drops were due to seasonal employment cuts in the Northeast Lower Michigan region (-2.9 percent), the Northwest Lower Michigan region (-2.4 percent), and the Upper Peninsula (-1.5 percent).

Since November 2009, employment advanced in eight regions and fell in eight.  Over-the-year changes were marginal for the majority of areas.  Total employment was essentially unchanged in the Muskegon-Norton Shores MSA over the year.

Labor Force Levels Down Over Month, Year
In November, labor force levels declined in 16 regions with a moderate median reduction of 0.6 percent.  The Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA registered a very minor labor force gain over the month.

Between November 2009 and November 2010, all 17 labor market areas in the state reported reduced labor force levels.  Labor force declines averaged a significant 2.0 percent.

November Payroll Jobs Decline
The monthly survey of employers indicated that seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan decreased by 20,000 in November to 3,883,000.  Job cuts were mainly seasonal and were led by a 12,000 reduction in leisure and hospitality services.  Lesser drops were posted in construction (-5,000) and professional and business services (-4,000).  These losses were somewhat countered by a gain in retail trade (+4,000).

The job drop in leisure and hospitality services was typical for this time of year as accommodation, amusement, entertainment, food service, and recreational venues continued to wind down for the season.  The increase in retail trade jobs was also seasonal, as merchants continued to hire for the holiday shopping season.

From October to November, area payroll job changes were minimal.  Twelve of the state’s 14 metropolitan regions recorded minor job declines, while marginal job gains were seen in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming and Battle Creek MSAs.

From November 2009 to November 2010, seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs edged down by 20,000 or 0.5 percent in Michigan.  Government led the statewide decline, with 21,000 jobs lost since November 2009, mostly in local government.  Private sector jobs posted a minor 1,000 gain over the year.  Within the private sector, advances in manufacturing (+11,000) and health care (+7,000) were offset by job cuts in financial activities (-6,000), leisure and hospitality services (-6,000), and construction (-5,000).

Over the year, 13 of the state’s metropolitan regions recorded overall payroll job losses, with most regions showing small declines.  The Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA displayed a minor job gain since November 2009.

County Jobless Rates Mixed Over Month, Down Over Year
In November, unemployment rates fell in forty-four of Michigan’s 83 counties, with an average decline of 0.4 of a percentage point.  Jobless rates rose in 34 counties over the month, with a median advance of 0.9 of a percentage point, primarily reflecting seasonal unemployment increases in the state’s northern areas.  Five counties reported no monthly change in the jobless rate.

From November 2009 to November 2010, 80 counties recorded jobless rate declines, with a significant median rate drop of 2.1 percentage points.  Unemployment rates increased slightly in three counties since November 2009.

Note:  Data in this release is not seasonally adjusted.  As a result, employment and unemployment trends may differ from previously released Michigan seasonally adjusted data.
A breakdown of seasonally unadjusted November workforce estimates for Michigan and its 17 major labor market areas follows, along with a listing of county jobless rates for November.
Note to Editors:  Please ensure that the source for state unemployment rates reads “Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.”

The Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG) is investing in Michigan's future by helping to create the jobs of today and tomorrow, ensuring that our children and adults have the skills these jobs demand, making Michigan a better place to do business, and training and placing those who need jobs.

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

ANN ARBOR MSA

 month

 year

(Washtenaw County)

Civilian Labor Force

185,600

184,000

183,400

-0.3%

-1.2%

Total Employment

169,400

169,600

170,200

0.4%

0.5%

Unemployment

16,200

14,400

13,200

-8.3%

-18.5%

Rate (percent)

8.7

7.8

7.2

Contact: Mark Reffitt, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (517) 492-5550

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

BATTLE CREEK MSA

 month

 year

(Calhoun County)

Civilian Labor Force

69,100

67,400

67,300

-0.1%

-2.6%

Total Employment

61,000

60,300

60,600

0.5%

-0.7%

Unemployment

8,000

7,100

6,700

-5.6%

-16.3%

Rate (percent)

11.6

10.5

9.9

Contact: Leonidas Murembya, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (517) 841-5634

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

BAY CITY MSA

 month

 year

(Bay County)

Civilian Labor Force

54,300

53,400

53,100

-0.6%

-2.2%

Total Employment

47,500

47,600

47,400

-0.4%

-0.2%

Unemployment

6,800

5,800

5,600

-3.4%

-17.6%

Rate (percent)

12.4

10.9

10.6

Contact: Rhea Acuna, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (989) 776-1508

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

DETROIT-WARREN-LIVONIA MSA

month

 year

(Data in thousands)

(Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer,

Livingston, St. Clair counties)

Civilian Labor Force

2,080

2,101

2,064

-1.8%

-0.8%

Total Employment

1,769

1,821

1,816

-0.3%

2.7%

Unemployment

311

280

249

-11.1%

-19.9%

Rate (percent)

15.0

13.3

12.0

Contact: Jim Rhein, DELEG Economic Analyst (313) 456-3095

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

FLINT MSA

 month

 year

(Genesee County)

Civilian Labor Force

197,700

192,800

192,000

-0.4%

-2.9%

Total Employment

167,500

167,800

168,000

0.1%

0.3%

Unemployment

30,200

25,000

24,000

-4.0%

-20.5%

Rate (percent)

15.3

13.0

12.5

Contact: Rhea Acuna, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (989) 776-1508

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

GRAND RAPIDS - WYOMING MSA

month

 year

(Barry, Ionia, Kent, Newaygo counties)

Civilian Labor Force

395,900

391,000

391,300

0.1%

-1.2%

Total Employment

350,500

351,900

354,100

0.6%

1.0%

Unemployment

45,400

39,100

37,200

-4.9%

-18.1%

Rate (percent)

11.5

10.0

9.5

Contact: Jason Palmer, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (616) 336-4883

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

HOLLAND - GRAND HAVEN MSA

month

 year

(Ottawa County)

Civilian Labor Force

131,000

126,700

126,100

-0.5%

-3.7%

Total Employment

114,800

113,300

113,400

0.1%

-1.2%

Unemployment

16,300

13,400

12,700

-5.2%

-22.1%

Rate (percent)

12.4

10.6

10.1

Contact: Jason Palmer, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (616) 336-4883

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

JACKSON MSA

 month

 year

(Jackson County)

Civilian Labor Force

76,000

74,100

73,800

-0.4%

-2.9%

Total Employment

65,300

65,300

65,500

0.3%

0.3%

Unemployment

10,700

8,800

8,400

-4.5%

-21.5%

Rate (percent)

14.1

11.9

11.3

Contact: Leonidas Murembya, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (517) 841-5634

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

KALAMAZOO - PORTAGE MSA

 month

 year

(Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties)

Civilian Labor Force

172,900

170,000

169,900

-0.1%

-1.7%

Total Employment

153,600

153,000

153,400

0.3%

-0.1%

Unemployment

19,300

17,100

16,400

-4.1%

-15.0%

Rate (percent)

11.2

10.0

9.7

Contact: Leonidas Murembya, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (517) 841-5634

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

LANSING - EAST LANSING MSA

 month

 year

(Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties)

Civilian Labor Force

249,800

245,200

244,500

-0.3%

-2.1%

Total Employment

222,200

222,700

223,100

0.2%

0.4%

Unemployment

27,600

22,600

21,400

-5.3%

-22.5%

Rate (percent)

11.0

9.2

8.7

Contact: Mark Reffitt, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (517) 492-5550

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

MONROE MSA

 month

 year

(Monroe County)

Civilian Labor Force

73,800

70,900

70,500

-0.6%

-4.5%

Total Employment

63,200

62,800

62,800

0.0%

-0.6%

Unemployment

10,600

8,100

7,700

-4.9%

-27.4%

Rate (percent)

14.4

11.5

10.9

Contact: Jim Rhein, DELEG Economic Analyst (313) 456-3095

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

MUSKEGON - NORTON SHORES MSA

month

 year

(Muskegon County)

Civilian Labor Force

87,000

84,200

83,800

-0.5%

-3.7%

Total Employment

73,700

73,500

73,700

0.3%

0.0%

Unemployment

13,300

10,700

10,200

-4.7%

-23.3%

Rate (percent)

15.3

12.8

12.1

Contact: Jason Palmer, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (616) 336-4883

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

NILES - BENTON HARBOR MSA

 month

 year

(Berrien County)

Civilian Labor Force

77,000

76,000

75,500

-0.7%

-1.9%

Total Employment

66,800

67,000

66,900

-0.1%

0.1%

Unemployment

10,300

9,000

8,600

-4.4%

-16.5%

Rate (percent)

13.4

11.8

11.4

Contact: Leonidas Murembya, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (517) 841-5634

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

SAGINAW-Saginaw Township North  MSA

 month

 year

(Saginaw County)

Civilian Labor Force

94,800

93,800

93,200

-0.6%

-1.7%

Total Employment

82,700

83,300

83,200

-0.1%

0.6%

Unemployment

12,100

10,500

10,000

-4.8%

-17.4%

Rate (percent)

12.8

11.1

10.7

Contact: Rhea Acuna, DELEG Regional Economic Analyst (989) 776-1508

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

 month

year

(15 counties)

Civilian Labor Force

154,600

152,400

150,900

-1.0%

-2.4%

Total Employment

135,000

136,000

134,000

-1.5%

-0.7%

Unemployment

19,600

16,300

16,900

3.7%

-13.8%

Rate (percent)

12.7

10.7

11.2

Contact: Jim Rhein, DELEG Economic Analyst (313) 456-3095

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN

 month

 year

(Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford,

Iosco, Montmorency,Ogemaw, Oscoda, 

Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon counties)

Civilian Labor Force

90,800

88,200

86,800

-1.6%

-4.4%

Total Employment

75,800

76,300

74,100

-2.9%

-2.2%

Unemployment

15,000

11,900

12,700

6.7%

-15.3%

Rate (percent)

16.5

13.5

14.6

Contact: Jim Rhein, DELEG Economic Analyst (313) 456-3095

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN

 month

 year

(Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Benzie,

Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau,

Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford counties)

Civilian Labor Force

149,400

147,500

145,000

-1.7%

-2.9%

Total Employment

127,500

129,300

126,200

-2.4%

-1.0%

Unemployment

21,900

18,100

18,800

3.9%

-14.2%

Rate (percent)

14.7

12.3

13.0

Contact: Jim Rhein, DELEG Economic Analyst (313) 456-3095

Nov-09

Oct-10

Nov-10

% change

% change

MICHIGAN  (Data in thousands)

 month

 year

Civilian Labor Force

4,853

4,820

4,769

-1.1%

-1.7%

Total Employment

4,187

4,242

4,231

-0.3%

1.1%

Unemployment

667

578

538

-6.9%

-19.3%

Rate (percent)

13.7

12.0

11.3

Contact: Jim Rhein, DELEG Economic Analyst (313) 456-3095

 

MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
NOVEMBER 2010

 

1

Washtenaw County

7.2

 

43

Genesee County

12.5

2

Clinton County

7.4

 

44

St. Joseph County

12.5

3

Isabella County

7.7

 

45

Kalkaska County

12.6

4

Eaton County

7.8

 

46

Manistee County

12.6

5

Menominee County

8.2

 

47

Lenawee County

12.7

6

Midland County

8.4

 

48

Gogebic County

12.9

7

Barry County

8.5

 

49

St. Clair County

13.0

8

Marquette County

8.9

 

50

Lapeer County

13.0

9

Kalamazoo County

9.0

 

51

Wayne County

13.0

10

Kent County

9.3

 

52

Tuscola County

13.0

11

Ingham County

9.4

 

53

Crawford County

13.1

12

Livingston County

9.7

 

54

Osceola County

13.3

13

Houghton County

9.9

 

55

Schoolcraft County

13.3

14

Calhoun County

9.9

 

56

Alger County

13.3

15

Dickinson County

9.9

 

57

Hillsdale County

13.4

16

Ottawa County

10.1

 

58

Missaukee County

13.4

17

Leelanau County

10.5

 

59

Sanilac County

13.6

18

Oakland County

10.6

 

60

Cheboygan County

13.8

19

Bay County

10.6

 

61

Montcalm County

14.1

20

Saginaw County

10.7

 

62

Roscommon County

14.2

21

Allegan County

10.7

 

63

Charlevoix County

14.3

22

Cass County

10.8

 

64

Lake County

14.4

23

Monroe County

10.9

 

65

Luce County

14.5

24

Grand Traverse County

10.9

 

66

Oceana County

14.5

25

Iron County

11.0

 

67

Benzie County

14.7

26

Ionia County

11.0

 

68

Otsego County

14.8

27

Mecosta County

11.3

 

69

Clare County

14.8

28

Jackson County

11.3

 

70

Wexford County

14.9

29

Gratiot County

11.3

 

71

Gladwin County

15.1

30

Branch County

11.3

 

72

Antrim County

15.4

31

Berrien County

11.4

 

73

Emmet County

15.5

32

Delta County

11.5

 

74

Arenac County

15.9

33

Shiawassee County

11.8

 

75

Iosco County

16.0

34

Alpena County

11.8

 

76

Presque Isle County

17.1

35

Van Buren County

11.9

 

77

Mackinac County

17.1

36

Huron County

12.1

 

78

Alcona County

17.1

37

Muskegon County

12.1

 

79

Ontonagon County

17.4

38

Newaygo County

12.2

 

80

Keweenaw County

17.9

39

Macomb County

12.3

 

81

Oscoda County

21.0

40

Ogemaw County

12.3

 

82

Montmorency County

21.0

41

Chippewa County

12.4

 

83

Baraga County

21.4

42

Mason County

12.4

 

 

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