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April Jobless Rates Decline Seasonally in All of Michigan's Regional Labor Markets

Contact: Mario L. Morrow (517) 373-8344
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

May 27, 2010 – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates fell in all of Michigan's 17 major labor market areas in April, according to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.  Total employment increased in all regions over the month, while labor force levels were mixed.

"Area jobless rates in April registered significant seasonal reductions.  However, regional unemployment rates remain well above pre-recessionary levels" said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. "Nearly all metropolitan areas in Michigan reported seasonal job gains in construction, leisure and hospitality services, professional and business services, and retail trade."

The unemployment rate drops over the month in the 17 regions were primarily seasonal, with declines ranging from 0.7 of a percentage point to 3.0 percentage points.  The median jobless rate decrease in the various areas from March to April was 1.5 percentage points.  The largest declines in April were posted in the Northeast Lower Michigan region, the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), and the Northwest Lower Michigan region, with all three areas reporting drops of over 2.0 percentage points.  The Detroit-Warren-Livonia MSA was the only region with an over-the-month unemployment rate decline under a full percentage point.  Even with the relatively significant jobless rate reductions in April, 16 of the state's regional areas continued to register rates over 10.0 percent.

Jobless Rates Up Over Year
From April 2009 to April 2010, 16 of Michigan's 17 regions recorded jobless rate advances, with hikes ranging from 1.0 to 2.1 percentage points.  The median increase in this period was a moderate 1.3 percentage points.  The unemployment rate in the Monroe MSA declined by 0.5 of a percentage point since April 2009.

Total Employment Up Over Month, Down Over Year
Total employment increased in April in all 17 regions, with advances ranging from 1.1 to 3.1 percent and a median gain of 1.8 percent.  The over-the-month increases in the various regions were somewhat larger than what is typically recorded in April. 

Since April 2009, total employment fell in 15 regions with wide ranging decreases from 0.1 to 4.8 percent.  The average total employment reduction in this period was 2.8 percent.  The areas with the largest over-the-year employment declines were the Monroe and Muskegon-Norton Shores MSAs along with the Northeast Lower Michigan region.  Two regions, the Detroit-Warren-Livonia and the Saginaw-Saginaw Township North MSAs, displayed very slight gains in total employment since April 2009.

Labor Force Levels Mixed Over Month, Down Over Year
In April, labor force levels increased in eight regions and declined in eight.  Overall, most over-the-month workforce changes were very minor.

Between April 2009 and April 2010, labor force levels fell in 14 major labor market areas, with mostly moderate declines over this period averaging less than 1.0 percent.  The labor force levels in the Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, Detroit-Warren-Livonia, and Lansing-East Lansing MSAs rose by at least 1.0 percent over the year.

Solid Seasonal Gains in April Payroll Jobs
The monthly survey of employers indicated that seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan rose by 46,000 in April to 3,826,000.  Seasonal job gains were recorded in the majority of the state's industry sectors in April, and included advances in construction (+10,000), leisure and hospitality services (+9,000), professional and business services (+8,000), and retail trade (+7,000).  Manufacturing also registered a job gain of 5,000 over the month.  With the exception of a very minor decline in government, the state's remaining sectors were slightly up in April.

From March to April, payroll jobs increased in all 14 of the state's major metropolitan areas.  Over-the-month gains ranged from 0.5 percent in the Ann Arbor MSA to 2.4 percent in the Monroe MSA.  The average April advance for all metropolitan regions was a little over 1.0 percent.

The largest portion of the April manufacturing increase occurred in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia MSA.

From April 2009 to April 2010, seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs declined statewide by 70,000 or 1.8 percent.  In this period, 12 of the 14 major metropolitan areas in the state recorded payroll job losses.  On a percentage basis, the largest over-the-year job decreases occurred in the Monroe MSA (-5.8%), the Detroit-Warren-Livonia MSA (-3.8%), and the Muskegon-Norton Shores MSA (-3.8%).  The median reduction for the 12 metropolitan regions was 2.7 percent.

Since April 2009, payroll jobs increased in the Saginaw-Saginaw Township North and the Lansing-East Lansing MSAs.

County Jobless Rates Down Over Month, Up Over Year
Eighty-two of Michigan's 83 counties reported seasonal unemployment rate declines over the month, with a median drop of 1.9 percentage points.  Most of the larger over-the-month jobless rate decreases occurred in the state's northern areas.

From April 2009 to April 2010, unemployment rates rose in 78 counties with a median increase of 1.4 percentage points.  About a quarter of the counties recorded over-the-year jobless rate hikes of less than a percentage point.  Since April 2009, unemployment rates declined slightly in five counties.

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

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.

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

ANN ARBOR MSA

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Washtenaw County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

183,100

181,500

181,700

0.1%

-0.8%

Total Employment

169,200

164,100

166,000

1.2%

-1.9%

Unemployment

13,900

17,400

15,700

-9.8%

12.9%

Rate (percent)

7.6

9.6

8.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

BATTLE CREEK MSA

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Calhoun County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

68,200

67,800

68,000

0.3%

-0.3%

Total Employment

60,800

58,900

60,000

1.9%

-1.3%

Unemployment

7,400

8,900

8,000

-10.1%

8.1%

Rate (percent)

10.8

13.1

11.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

BAY CITY MSA

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Bay County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

54,100

53,800

54,000

0.4%

-0.2%

Total Employment

48,100

46,000

47,000

2.2%

-2.3%

Unemployment

6,000

7,800

6,900

-11.5%

15.0%

Rate (percent)

11.1

14.6

12.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

DETROIT-WARREN-LIVONIA MSA

 

 

 

month

 year

(Data in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

(Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer,

 

 

 

 

 

Livingston, St. Clair counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

2,078

2,100

2,108

0.4%

1.4%

Total Employment

1,794

1,775

1,795

1.1%

0.1%

Unemployment

284

325

312

-4.0%

9.9%

Rate (percent)

13.7

15.5

14.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

FLINT MSA

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Genesee County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

197,200

195,600

195,400

-0.1%

-0.9%

Total Employment

170,500

163,700

166,300

1.6%

-2.5%

Unemployment

26,700

31,800

29,000

-8.8%

8.6%

Rate (percent)

13.5

16.3

14.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

GRAND RAPIDS - WYOMING MSA

 

 

 

month

 year

(Barry, Ionia, Kent, Newaygo counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

393,900

389,300

390,400

0.3%

-0.9%

Total Employment

353,900

339,600

346,500

2.0%

-2.1%

Unemployment

40,000

49,700

44,000

-11.5%

10.0%

Rate (percent)

10.2

12.8

11.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

HOLLAND - GRAND HAVEN MSA

 

 

 

month

 year

(Ottawa County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

129,900

127,800

127,700

-0.1%

-1.7%

Total Employment

115,300

110,000

112,100

1.9%

-2.8%

Unemployment

14,500

17,900

15,600

-12.8%

7.6%

Rate (percent)

11.2

14.0

12.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

JACKSON MSA

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Jackson County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

76,000

74,900

74,800

-0.1%

-1.6%

Total Employment

66,900

63,600

64,700

1.7%

-3.3%

Unemployment

9,200

11,400

10,200

-10.5%

10.9%

Rate (percent)

12.1

15.2

13.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

KALAMAZOO - PORTAGE MSA

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

172,200

170,700

170,900

0.1%

-0.8%

Total Employment

156,100

149,000

151,400

1.6%

-3.0%

Unemployment

16,000

21,700

19,500

-10.1%

21.9%

Rate (percent)

9.3

12.7

11.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

LANSING - EAST LANSING MSA

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

244,300

246,200

246,900

0.3%

1.1%

Total Employment

221,300

217,400

221,000

1.7%

-0.1%

Unemployment

22,900

28,900

25,900

-10.4%

13.1%

Rate (percent)

9.4

11.7

10.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

MONROE MSA

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Monroe County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

75,700

72,100

71,700

-0.6%

-5.3%

Total Employment

65,200

60,600

62,100

2.5%

-4.8%

Unemployment

10,500

11,500

9,600

-16.5%

-8.6%

Rate (percent)

13.9

16.0

13.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

MUSKEGON - NORTON SHORES MSA

 

 

 

month

 year

(Muskegon County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

87,300

85,000

85,000

0.0%

-2.6%

Total Employment

75,400

71,000

72,400

2.0%

-4.0%

Unemployment

11,900

14,000

12,600

-10.0%

5.9%

Rate (percent)

13.6

16.5

14.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

NILES - BENTON HARBOR MSA

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Berrien County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

77,100

76,300

76,600

0.4%

-0.6%

Total Employment

68,300

65,000

66,300

2.0%

-2.9%

Unemployment

8,700

11,400

10,200

-10.5%

17.2%

Rate (percent)

11.3

14.9

13.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

SAGINAW-Saginaw Township North MSA

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Saginaw County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

92,300

93,800

93,700

-0.1%

1.5%

Total Employment

81,700

80,400

81,800

1.7%

0.1%

Unemployment

10,600

13,300

11,900

-10.5%

12.3%

Rate (percent)

11.5

14.2

12.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

 

 

 

 month

year

(15 counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

155,000

154,200

153,400

-0.5%

-1.0%

Total Employment

135,700

130,300

132,300

1.5%

-2.5%

Unemployment

19,300

23,900

21,100

-11.7%

9.3%

Rate (percent)

12.4

15.5

13.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford,

 

 

 

 

 

Iosco, Montmorency,Ogemaw, Oscoda,

 

 

 

 

 

Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

91,500

89,700

89,100

-0.7%

-2.6%

Total Employment

76,900

71,600

73,800

3.1%

-4.0%

Unemployment

14,500

18,100

15,300

-15.5%

5.5%

Rate (percent)

15.9

20.2

17.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN

 

 

 

 month

 year

(Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Benzie,

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau,

 

 

 

 

 

Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

148,700

148,400

147,400

-0.7%

-0.9%

Total Employment

128,800

122,600

124,800

1.8%

-3.1%

Unemployment

19,900

25,800

22,600

-12.4%

13.6%

Rate (percent)

13.4

17.4

15.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr-09

Mar-10

Apr-10

% change

% change

MICHIGAN  (Data in thousands)

 

 

 

 month

 year

Civilian Labor Force

4,843

4,835

4,841

0.1%

-0.0%

Total Employment

4,239

4,114

4,179

1.6%

-1.4%

Unemployment

604

721

662

-8.2%

9.6%

Rate (percent)

12.5

14.9

13.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
APRIL 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Washtenaw County

8.6

 

43

Genesee County

14.9

2

Isabella County

9.1

 

44

Muskegon County

14.9

3

Clinton County

9.5

 

45

Macomb County

15.1

4

Eaton County

9.8

 

46

Luce County

15.2

5

Midland County

10.2

 

47

Lenawee County

15.3

6

Barry County

10.5

 

48

Huron County

15.5

7

Kalamazoo County

10.7

 

49

Gogebic County

15.6

8

Marquette County

10.7

 

50

Wayne County

15.7

9

Leelanau County

10.8

 

51

Osceola County

15.8

10

Kent County

10.9

 

52

Cheboygan County

16.0

11

Ingham County

11.0

 

53

Alger County

16.0

12

Cass County

11.6

 

54

Schoolcraft County

16.0

13

Calhoun County

11.8

 

55

Tuscola County

16.1

14

Menominee County

12.0

 

56

Kalkaska County

16.1

15

Ottawa County

12.2

 

57

Hillsdale County

16.2

16

Houghton County

12.2

 

58

Missaukee County

16.3

17

Livingston County

12.3

 

59

Benzie County

16.4

18

Saginaw County

12.7

 

60

Charlevoix County

16.5

19

Dickinson County

12.7

 

61

Roscommon County

16.6

20

Bay County

12.8

 

62

Lake County

16.7

21

Allegan County

13.1

 

63

St. Clair County

16.8

22

Oakland County

13.2

 

64

Clare County

17.2

23

Newaygo County

13.3

 

65

Lapeer County

17.2

24

Branch County

13.3

 

66

Montcalm County

17.2

25

Monroe County

13.4

 

67

Keweenaw County

17.2

26

Mecosta County

13.4

 

68

Otsego County

17.3

27

Berrien County

13.4

 

69

Oceana County

17.4

28

Gratiot County

13.5

 

70

Sanilac County

17.6

29

St. Joseph County

13.5

 

71

Antrim County

17.6

30

Grand Traverse County

13.5

 

72

Wexford County

17.7

31

Van Buren County

13.6

 

73

Gladwin County

17.7

32

Jackson County

13.6

 

74

Emmet County

18.0

33

Delta County

13.6

 

75

Arenac County

18.3

34

Ionia County

13.7

 

76

Presque Isle County

19.2

35

Mason County

13.7

 

77

Iosco County

19.8

36

Crawford County

14.0

 

78

Alcona County

20.7

37

Iron County

14.2

 

79

Ontonagon County

21.0

38

Manistee County

14.2

 

80

Mackinac County

21.4

39

Shiawassee County

14.3

 

81

Oscoda County

23.1

40

Ogemaw County

14.7

 

82

Montmorency County

23.6

41

Chippewa County

14.7

 

83

Baraga County

26.8

42

Alpena County

14.8

 

 

 

 

 

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