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June Unemployment Rates Increase in All of Michigan's Regional Labor Markets

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

June Unemployment Rates Increase in All of Michigan's Regional Labor Markets - News Release

July 23, 2009 Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates rose over the month in all of Michigan's 17 major labor market areas, according to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.  In June, total employment levels increased seasonally in the majority of regions, while labor force levels were up in all areas.

"Many areas reported seasonal hiring in June, however it was not enough to offset the influx of job seekers into Michigan's extremely competitive labor market." said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. "Also in June, manufacturing losses continued to weaken the state's job market.  These two factors helped drive jobless rates upward throughout the state."

From May to June, the unemployment rate advances in the 17 regions ranged from 0.3 to 2.2 percentage points with a median increase of 1.1 percentage points.  The largest over-the-month jump of 2.2 percentage points was registered in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).  The next largest June jobless rate hikes of 1.4 percentage points were recorded in the Ann Arbor, Jackson, and Kalamazoo-Portage MSAs.  The smallest rate gains occurred in the state's three northernmost labor market regions (the Northeast and Northwest Lower Michigan Regions and the Upper Peninsula), with increases ranging from 0.3 to 0.5 of a percentage point.  In June, all 17 of Michigan's major labor market regions posted unemployment rates above 10.0 percent.

Unemployment Rates Up Significantly in All Regions Over Year
From June 2008 to June 2009, jobless rates rose substantially in all 17 regions.  Rate increases ranged from 4.2 to 8.6 percentage points with a median advance of 5.9 percentage points.  The largest over-the-year jumps were reported in the Monroe, Muskegon-Norton Shores, and Detroit-Warren-Livonia MSAs. 

Total Employment Up Seasonally Over Month, Down Over Year
Over the month, total employment increased in 14 regions, with the highest percentage gains displayed in the state's three northernmost regions.  Total employment fell over the month in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Flint, and Lansing-East Lansing MSAs.  The employment reduction in the Lansing-East Lansing MSA was primarily seasonal.

Since June 2008, total employment fell significantly in all 17 regions.  The most pronounced percentage decline in employment was recorded in the Flint MSA while the smallest over-the-year percentage decrease occurred in the Upper Peninsula.

Labor Force Levels Up Over Month, Down Over Year
In June, labor force levels increased seasonally in all 17 areas with a median advance of 2.3 percent.  From June 2008 to June 2009, labor force levels fell in 16 regions and rose slightly in the Monroe MSA.

Education, Manufacturing Push Payroll Jobs Lower
The monthly survey of employers indicated that seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan declined by 24,000 in June to total 3,903,000.  Job reductions in government (-19,000), manufacturing (-15,000) and education and health services (-6,000) were partially offset by seasonal gains in leisure and hospitality services (+12,000) and retail trade (+4,000). 

Government jobs declined in June due to cutbacks in state and local education with the beginning of summer break at a number of area schools and universities.  Decreases in local government education were spread throughout the state, while reductions in state government education were most prominent in the Lansing-East Lansing MSA.  Private education also fell seasonally in June, with the largest declines posted in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA.

Although manufacturing job cuts were reported in numerous areas, reductions were most pronounced in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia and Flint MSAs.

All metropolitan areas reported fairly typical seasonal gains over the month in leisure and hospitality services and retail trade jobs.  Several other sectors, including construction and professional and business services, that normally display relatively strong seasonal growth, did not in June.

From June 2008 to June 2009, seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs fell statewide by 339,000 or 8.0 percent. 

All of the 12 major metropolitan areas in the state recorded significant payroll job declines since June 2008 ranging from 4.2 to 9.1 percent.  The largest numerical over-the-year metropolitan job losses were reported in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia (-175,000), Grand Rapids-Wyoming (-22,000) and Flint (-12,000) MSAs.  The biggest percentage reductions were recorded in the Holland-Grand Haven (-9.1%), Detroit-Warren-Livonia (-9.0%), and Flint (-8.4%) MSAs.

Jobs in construction, manufacturing, retail trade, financial activities, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality services were down in all metropolitan areas since June 2008.

County Jobless Rates Up Over Month, Year
Sixty-nine of Michigan's 83 counties recorded unemployment rate increases over the month, with a median advance of one full percentage point.  Eleven counties registered jobless rate declines, and the rates in three counties were unchanged over the month.  In June, 81 Michigan counties posted jobless rates over 10.0 percent.

From June 2008 to June 2009, unemployment rates were up in all 83 counties, with a significant median jump of 6.3 percentage points.

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 June workforce estimates for Michigan and its 17 major labor market areas follows, along with a listing of county jobless rates for June.

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.

 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

ANN ARBOR MSA

     

 month

 year

 ( Washtenaw County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

187,100

175,100

179,400

2.5%

-4.1%

Total Employment

175,000

159,000

160,400

0.9%

-8.3%

Unemployment

12,000

16,100

19,000

18.0%

58.3%

Rate (percent)

6.4

9.2

10.6

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

BATTLE CREEK MSA

     

 month

 year

( Calhoun County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

70,600

66,600

68,100

2.3%

-3.5%

Total Employment

65,200

58,200

58,900

1.2%

-9.7%

Unemployment

5,400

8,400

9,200

9.5%

70.4%

Rate (percent)

7.7

12.7

13.5

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

BAY CITY MSA

     

 month

 year

( Bay County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

55,700

53,800

55,200

2.6%

-0.9%

Total Employment

51,400

47,100

47,700

1.3%

-7.2%

Unemployment

4,400

6,700

7,500

11.9%

70.5%

Rate (percent)

7.8

12.5

13.6

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

DETROIT-WARREN-LIVONIA MSA

     

month

 year

(Data in thousands)

         

( Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer,

         

Livingston, St. Clair counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

2,140

2,088

2,123

1.7%

-0.8%

Total Employment

1,947

1,778

1,759

-1.1%

-9.7%

Unemployment

192

311

364

17.0%

89.6%

Rate (percent)

9.0

14.9

17.1

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

FLINT MSA

     

 month

 year

( Genesee County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

204,900

198,000

198,300

0.2%

-3.2%

Total Employment

184,900

165,300

163,700

-1.0%

-11.5%

Unemployment

20,000

32,700

34,500

5.5%

72.5%

Rate (percent)

9.8

16.5

17.4

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

GRAND RAPIDS - WYOMING MSA

     

month

 year

(Barry, Ionia, Kent , Newaygo counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

410,600

390,400

399,200

2.3%

-2.8%

Total Employment

380,600

344,800

348,100

1.0%

-8.5%

Unemployment

30,000

45,600

51,100

12.1%

70.3%

Rate (percent)

7.3

11.7

12.8

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

HOLLAND - GRAND HAVEN MSA

     

month

 year

(Ottawa County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

137,000

129,400

132,200

2.2%

-3.5%

Total Employment

127,100

112,700

113,700

0.9%

-10.5%

Unemployment

9,900

16,700

18,500

10.8%

86.9%

Rate (percent)

7.2

12.9

14.0

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

JACKSON MSA

     

 month

 year

(Jackson County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

77,700

74,700

76,400

2.3%

-1.7%

Total Employment

71,000

64,100

64,500

0.6%

-9.2%

Unemployment

6,700

10,600

11,800

11.3%

76.1%

Rate (percent)

8.6

14.1

15.5

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

KALAMAZOO - PORTAGE MSA

     

 month

 year

(Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

175,700

166,800

170,900

2.5%

-2.7%

Total Employment

163,300

148,800

150,100

0.9%

-8.1%

Unemployment

12,400

18,000

20,800

15.6%

67.7%

Rate (percent)

7.1

10.8

12.2

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

LANSING - EAST LANSING MSA

     

 month

 year

(Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

250,700

244,300

245,300

0.4%

-2.2%

Total Employment

232,600

217,000

215,100

-0.9%

-7.5%

Unemployment

18,000

27,300

30,200

10.6%

67.8%

Rate (percent)

7.2

11.2

12.3

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

MONROE MSA

     

 month

 year

( Monroe County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

77,400

76,200

77,800

2.1%

0.5%

Total Employment

70,800

63,900

64,500

0.9%

-8.9%

Unemployment

6,500

12,300

13,300

8.1%

104.6%

Rate (percent)

8.5

16.2

17.1

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

MUSKEGON - NORTON SHORES MSA

     

month

 year

(Muskegon County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

90,900

87,400

89,800

2.7%

-1.2%

Total Employment

83,000

73,600

74,700

1.5%

-10.0%

Unemployment

7,900

13,800

15,100

9.4%

91.1%

Rate (percent)

8.6

15.8

16.8

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

NILES - BENTON HARBOR MSA

     

 month

 year

(Berrien County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

82,300

77,300

79,400

2.7%

-3.5%

Total Employment

75,600

67,400

68,300

1.3%

-9.7%

Unemployment

6,700

9,900

11,100

12.1%

65.7%

Rate (percent)

8.1

12.8

14.0

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

SAGINAW-Saginaw Township North MSA

     

 month

 year

 (Saginaw County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

96,200

92,400

94,400

2.2%

-1.9%

Total Employment

88,000

79,900

80,600

0.9%

-8.4%

Unemployment

8,100

12,500

13,800

10.4%

70.4%

Rate (percent)

8.5

13.5

14.6

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

     

 month

year

(15 counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

161,000

155,200

159,800

3.0%

-0.7%

Total Employment

148,100

135,600

138,900

2.4%

-6.2%

Unemployment

12,900

19,600

20,900

6.6%

62.0%

Rate (percent)

8.0

12.6

13.1

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN

     

 month

 year

(Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford,

         

Iosco, Montmorency,Ogemaw, Oscoda,

         

Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

98,400

94,300

97,500

3.4%

-0.9%

Total Employment

89,200

80,000

82,600

3.3%

-7.4%

Unemployment

9,200

14,200

15,000

5.6%

63.0%

Rate (percent)

9.4

15.1

15.4

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN

     

 month

 year

(Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Benzie,

         

Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau,

         

Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

162,700

154,300

162,100

5.1%

-0.4%

Total Employment

150,100

134,100

140,100

4.5%

-6.7%

Unemployment

12,600

20,300

22,000

8.4%

74.6%

Rate (percent)

7.8

13.1

13.6

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-08

May-09

Jun-09

% change

% change

MICHIGAN  (Data in thousands)

     

 month

 year

Civilian Labor Force

5,018

4,848

4,944

2.0%

-1.5%

Total Employment

4,596

4,176

4,183

0.2%

-9.0%

Unemployment

422

672

761

13.2%

80.3%

Rate (percent)

8.4

13.9

15.4

   
           

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

 

MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
JUNE 2009

             

1

Mackinac County

6.6

 

43

Ontonagon County

14.7

2

Leelanau County

9.0

 

44

Schoolcraft County

14.7

3

Cheboygan County

10.3

 

45

Otsego County

14.9

4

Isabella County

10.3

 

46

Crawford County

15.0

5

Washtenaw County

10.6

 

47

Mecosta County

15.2

6

Clinton County

10.7

 

48

Newaygo County

15.3

7

Midland County

11.0

 

49

Jackson County

15.5

8

Cass County

11.3

 

50

Ionia County

15.6

9

Barry County

11.5

 

51

Huron County

15.7

10

Eaton County

11.6

 

52

Keweenaw County

15.9

11

Marquette County

11.7

 

53

Branch County

15.9

12

Kalamazoo County

11.8

 

54

Roscommon County

16.4

13

Grand Traverse County

12.3

 

55

Gratiot County

16.5

14

Houghton County

12.5

 

56

St. Joseph County

16.6

15

Kent County

12.5

 

57

Oceana County

16.7

16

Iron County

12.8

 

58

Shiawassee County

16.8

17

Chippewa County

12.9

 

59

Muskegon County

16.8

18

Emmet County

12.9

 

60

Monroe County

17.1

19

Ingham County

13.0

 

61

Missaukee County

17.2

20

Benzie County

13.0

 

62

Arenac County

17.3

21

Mason County

13.1

 

63

Iosco County

17.3

22

Dickinson County

13.1

 

64

Genesee County

17.4

23

Livingston County

13.3

 

65

Osceola County

17.6

24

Menominee County

13.3

 

66

Gladwin County

17.7

25

Calhoun County

13.5

 

67

Tuscola County

17.7

26

Luce County

13.5

 

68

Lenawee County

18.0

27

Van Buren County

13.5

 

69

Presque Isle County

18.0

28

Manistee County

13.5

 

70

Lapeer County

18.2

29

Bay County

13.6

 

71

Clare County

18.2

30

Delta County

13.7

 

72

Macomb County

18.4

31

Alger County

13.9

 

73

Wayne County

18.5

32

Allegan County

13.9

 

74

Alcona County

18.6

33

Ogemaw County

13.9

 

75

Sanilac County

19.0

34

Ottawa County

14.0

 

76

Lake County

19.1

35

Berrien County

14.0

 

77

Montmorency County

19.4

36

Charlevoix County

14.2

 

78

Montcalm County

19.4

37

Kalkaska County

14.2

 

79

St. Clair County

19.5

38

Oakland County

14.4

 

80

Wexford County

19.5

39

Alpena County

14.4

 

81

Hillsdale County

19.9

40

Gogebic County

14.5

 

82

Oscoda County

20.2

41

Saginaw County

14.6

 

83

Baraga County

26.4

42

Antrim County

14.7

       




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