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December Jobless Rates Decrease in Most of Michigan's Regional Labor Markets; 2010 Annual Rates Down from 2009 in Majority of Areas

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

January 27, 2011 – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates decreased in 14 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in December, according to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.  Total employment and labor force levels fell in nearly all areas over the month.

“The over-the-month changes in Michigan’s regional labor markets were relatively minor,” said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. “Looking at the broader picture for the year; after recording substantial jobless rate jumps from 2008 to 2009 during the national recession, nearly all of the state’s local labor markets stabilized in 2010.”

From November to December, the unemployment rate declines in the 14 regions ranged from 0.2 to 0.9 of a percentage point, with most of the reductions hovering around a half percentage point.  The largest rate decreases over the month were posted in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Muskegon-Norton Shores, and Flint Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).  In December, jobless rates edged upward in the Northeast Lower Michigan region and the Upper Peninsula, while the rate in the Northwest Lower Michigan region was unchanged.

Annual Average Jobless Rates Mixed Over Year
Preliminary annual average data indicate that unemployment rates from 2009 to 2010 declined in ten of the state’s 17 regions.  Reductions were for the most part minor, and ranged from 0.1 to 1.2 percentage points.  Six regions posted jobless rate hikes over the year, with advances of 0.6 of a percentage points or less.  The rate in the Ann Arbor MSA was unchanged from 2009 to 2010.  As was the case in 2009, 16 of the state’s 17 major regions recorded annual unemployment rates above 10.0 percent. 

Total Employment Down Over Month, Up Over Year
From November to December, total employment fell seasonally in 16 areas with a modest average decline of a half percent.  Employment was essentially unchanged over the month in the Northwest Lower Michigan region.

Since December 2009, employment advanced in 16 regions with increases generally around 1.0 percent or greater.  Total employment declined over the year in the Northeast Lower Michigan region.

Labor Force Levels Down Over Month, Year
In December, labor force levels declined in the 17 regions with a moderate median reduction of 0.7 percent. 

Between December 2009 and December 2010, all 17 labor market areas in the state reported reduced labor force levels.  Labor force declines over this period were significant and averaged over 2.0 percent.

Payroll Jobs Fall in December
The monthly survey of employers indicated that seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan decreased by 33,000 in December to 3,856,000.  Much of the reduction was seasonal, with job cuts in professional and business services (-11,000), construction (-9,000), and government (-7,000).  A lesser decline was also posted in private education (-4,000).  All of the state’s metropolitan regions in December reported seasonal drops in payroll job totals of around 1.0 percent or less.

All metro areas recorded declines in construction jobs, while the majority of regions posted seasonal losses in professional and business services and government.

From November to December, retail trade jobs increased statewide by 3,000 as merchants hired additional staff for the holiday season.  From September through December, retail trade jobs advanced seasonally by 14,000, which compares favorably to the 11,000 gain recorded over the same period last year.

From December 2009 to December 2010, seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs declined slightly by 15,000 or 0.4 percent in Michigan.  Government led the statewide reduction over the year, decreasing by 16,000 jobs since December 2009.  Within government, 14,000 jobs were lost at the local government level in this period.  Private sector jobs posted a minor 2,000 gain over the year.  Within the private sector, advances in manufacturing (+11,000) and health care (+6,000), were somewhat offset by job cuts in financial activities (-4,000), information (-3,000), and construction (-2,000).  The state’s remaining industry sectors posted minor offsetting gains and losses.

Over the year, 11 of the state’s metropolitan regions recorded overall payroll job losses, with most regions showing small declines.  The Grand Rapids-Wyoming and Ann Arbor MSAs displayed minor job gains since December 2009, while jobs in the Saginaw-Saginaw Township North MSA were essentially unchanged.

County Jobless Rates Down Over Month, Year
Fifty-four of Michigan’s 83 counties reported unemployment rate reductions in December, with a median decline of 0.4 of a percentage point.  Jobless rates rose in 22 counties over the month, with most of the increases posted in the northern part of the state.  Seven counties reported no rate change over the month.

From December 2009 to December 2010, all 83 counties recorded jobless rate decreases.  The median rate drop over the year for Michigan counties was a significant 3.6 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 December workforce estimates for Michigan and its 17 major labor market areas follows, along with a listing of county jobless rates for December.

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.

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

ANN ARBOR MSA

 month

 year

(Washtenaw County)

Civilian Labor Force

183,900

183,700

182,300

-0.8%

-0.9%

Total Employment

167,000

170,500

170,300

-0.1%

2.0%

Unemployment

16,900

13,200

12,000

-9.1%

-29.0%

Rate (percent)

9.2

7.2

6.6

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

BATTLE CREEK MSA

 month

 year

(Calhoun County)

Civilian Labor Force

68,700

67,300

66,800

-0.7%

-2.8%

Total Employment

60,100

60,600

60,500

-0.2%

0.7%

Unemployment

8,600

6,700

6,300

-6.0%

-26.7%

Rate (percent)

12.5

9.9

9.4

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

BAY CITY MSA

 month

 year

(Bay County)

Civilian Labor Force

54,100

53,100

52,900

-0.4%

-2.2%

Total Employment

46,700

47,500

47,400

-0.2%

1.5%

Unemployment

7,400

5,600

5,500

-1.8%

-25.7%

Rate (percent)

13.7

10.6

10.4

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

DETROIT-WARREN-LIVONIA MSA

month

 year

(Data in thousands)

(Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer,

Livingston, St. Clair counties)

Civilian Labor Force

2,056

2,066

2,029

-1.8%

-1.3%

Total Employment

1,750

1,817

1,804

-0.7%

3.1%

Unemployment

306

249

226

-9.2%

-26.1%

Rate (percent)

14.9

12.0

11.1

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

FLINT MSA

 month

 year

(Genesee County)

Civilian Labor Force

198,300

192,300

190,700

-0.8%

-3.8%

Total Employment

166,600

168,300

168,200

-0.1%

1.0%

Unemployment

31,700

24,000

22,600

-5.8%

-28.7%

Rate (percent)

16.0

12.5

11.8

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

GRAND RAPIDS - WYOMING MSA

month

 year

(Barry, Ionia, Kent, Newaygo counties)

Civilian Labor Force

394,300

391,400

388,600

-0.7%

-1.4%

Total Employment

345,900

354,200

354,000

-0.1%

2.3%

Unemployment

48,300

37,200

34,600

-7.0%

-28.4%

Rate (percent)

12.3

9.5

8.9

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

HOLLAND - GRAND HAVEN MSA

month

 year

(Ottawa County)

Civilian Labor Force

129,600

126,100

124,600

-1.2%

-3.9%

Total Employment

112,200

113,400

112,800

-0.5%

0.5%

Unemployment

17,400

12,700

11,800

-7.1%

-32.2%

Rate (percent)

13.4

10.1

9.5

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

JACKSON MSA

 month

 year

(Jackson County)

Civilian Labor Force

75,700

73,900

73,000

-1.2%

-3.6%

Total Employment

64,200

65,500

65,200

-0.5%

1.6%

Unemployment

11,500

8,400

7,900

-6.0%

-31.3%

Rate (percent)

15.1

11.3

10.8

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

KALAMAZOO - PORTAGE MSA

 month

 year

(Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties)

Civilian Labor Force

171,800

170,000

168,800

-0.7%

-1.7%

Total Employment

150,800

153,500

153,100

-0.3%

1.5%

Unemployment

21,100

16,400

15,700

-4.3%

-25.6%

Rate (percent)

12.3

9.7

9.3

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

LANSING - EAST LANSING MSA

 month

 year

(Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties)

Civilian Labor Force

247,400

245,000

242,600

-1.0%

-1.9%

Total Employment

218,500

223,600

222,500

-0.5%

1.8%

Unemployment

29,000

21,400

20,000

-6.5%

-31.0%

Rate (percent)

11.7

8.7

8.3

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

MONROE MSA

 month

 year

(Monroe County)

Civilian Labor Force

73,000

70,700

70,100

-0.8%

-4.0%

Total Employment

62,000

63,000

62,600

-0.6%

1.0%

Unemployment

11,000

7,700

7,500

-2.6%

-31.8%

Rate (percent)

15.0

10.9

10.6

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

MUSKEGON - NORTON SHORES MSA

month

 year

(Muskegon County)

Civilian Labor Force

86,300

83,700

82,500

-1.4%

-4.4%

Total Employment

72,300

73,600

73,100

-0.7%

1.1%

Unemployment

14,000

10,200

9,400

-7.8%

-32.9%

Rate (percent)

16.2

12.1

11.4

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

NILES - BENTON HARBOR MSA

 month

 year

(Berrien County)

Civilian Labor Force

76,800

75,500

75,100

-0.5%

-2.2%

Total Employment

65,600

66,900

66,700

-0.3%

1.7%

Unemployment

11,200

8,600

8,300

-3.5%

-25.9%

Rate (percent)

14.5

11.4

11.1

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

SAGINAW-Saginaw Township North  MSA

 

 month

 year

(Saginaw County)

Civilian Labor Force

94,400

93,300

92,500

-0.9%

-2.0%

Total Employment

81,400

83,300

83,000

-0.4%

2.0%

Unemployment

12,900

10,000

9,400

-6.0%

-27.1%

Rate (percent)

13.7

10.7

10.2

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

 month

year

(15 counties)

Civilian Labor Force

154,600

150,900

150,100

-0.5%

-2.9%

Total Employment

132,100

134,000

133,100

-0.7%

0.8%

Unemployment

22,400

16,900

17,000

0.6%

-24.1%

Rate (percent)

14.5

11.2

11.3

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN

 month

 year

(Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford,

Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda,

Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon counties)

 

Civilian Labor Force

90,600

86,700

85,400

-1.5%

-5.7%

Total Employment

73,500

74,100

72,800

-1.8%

-1.0%

Unemployment

17,100

12,700

12,700

0.0%

-25.7%

Rate (percent)

18.9

14.6

14.8

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN

 month

 year

(Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Benzie,

Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau,

Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford counties)

Civilian Labor Force

150,500

145,000

144,900

-0.1%

-3.7%

Total Employment

125,800

126,200

126,200

0.0%

0.3%

Unemployment

24,700

18,800

18,800

0.0%

-23.9%

Rate (percent)

16.4

13.0

13.0

 

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

Dec-09

Nov-10

Dec-10

% change

% change

MICHIGAN  (Data in thousands)

 month

 year

Civilian Labor Force

4,817

4,772

4,713

-1.2%

-2.2%

Total Employment

4,127

4,234

4,212

-0.5%

2.1%

Unemployment

689

537

502

-6.5%

-27.1%

Rate (percent)

14.3

11.3

10.6

 

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

 

MICHIGAN'S MAJOR LABOR MARKET AREA'S
PRELIMINARY ANNUAL AVERAGE
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES 2009 – 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009

 

2010

 

 

 

 

ANN ARBOR MSA

8.6

 

8.6

 

 

 

 

BATTLE CREEK MSA

11.7

 

11.6

 

 

 

 

BAY CITY MSA

12.0

 

12.3

 

 

 

 

DETROIT-WARREN-LIVONIA MSA

15.1

 

14.1

 

 

 

 

FLINT MSA

14.9

 

14.4

 

 

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS - WYOMING MSA

11.2

 

11.0

 

 

 

 

HOLLAND - GRAND HAVEN MSA

12.3

 

11.9

 

 

 

 

JACKSON MSA

13.5

 

13.2

 

 

 

 

KALAMAZOO - PORTAGE MSA

10.6

 

11.2

 

 

 

 

LANSING - EAST LANSING MSA

10.8

 

10.3

 

 

 

 

MONROE MSA

14.4

 

13.2

 

 

 

 

MUSKEGON - NORTON SHORES MSA

14.9

 

14.2

 

 

 

 

NILES - BENTON HARBOR MSA

12.7

 

13.1

 

 

 

 

SAGINAW-SAGINAW TOWNSHIP NORTH MSA

12.5

 

12.4

 

 

 

 

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

12.2

 

12.6

 

 

 

 

NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN

15.6

 

15.9

 

 

 

 

NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN

13.5

 

14.1

 

 

 

 

MICHIGAN

13.6

 

13.1

 

MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
DECEMBER 2010
 

           

1

Washtenaw County

6.6

43

 Van Buren County

12.2

2

Clinton County

7.2

44

 Lenawee County

12.4

3

Isabella County

7.2

45

 Crawford County

12.5

4

Eaton County

7.4

46

 Mason County

12.5

5

Midland County

8.0

47

 Huron County

12.5

6

Menominee County

8.2

48

 Manistee County

12.5

7

Kalamazoo County

8.4

49

 Ogemaw County

12.7

8

Barry County

8.4

50

 Tuscola County

12.7

9

Kent County

8.5

51

 Alger County

12.8

10

Marquette County

8.7

52

 St. Clair County

12.8

11

Ingham County

8.9

53

 Hillsdale County

12.9

12

Livingston County

9.3

54

 Chippewa County

13.0

13

Calhoun County

9.4

55

 Osceola County

13.5

14

Ottawa County

9.5

56

 Montcalm County

13.5

15

Oakland County

9.6

57

 Otsego County

13.9

16

Houghton County

9.7

58

 Lapeer County

13.9

17

Dickinson County

9.9

59

 Clare County

14.0

18

Saginaw County

10.2

60

 Sanilac County

14.0

19

Allegan County

10.3

61

 Luce County

14.2

20

Bay County

10.4

62

 Charlevoix County

14.2

21

Leelanau County

10.5

63

 Missaukee County

14.5

22

Monroe County

10.6

64

 Antrim County

14.6

23

Grand Traverse County

10.8

65

 Roscommon County

14.7

24

Jackson County

10.8

66

 Benzie County

14.7

25

Mecosta County

11.0

67

 Gladwin County

14.7

26

Iron County

11.0

68

 Oceana County

14.8

27

Ionia County

11.0

69

 Lake County

14.9

28

Branch County

11.0

70

 Schoolcraft County

14.9

29

Gratiot County

11.1

71

 Wexford County

15.1

30

Berrien County

11.1

72

 Cheboygan County

15.7

31

Cass County

11.2

73

 Arenac County

15.7

32

Macomb County

11.2

74

 Iosco County

15.8

33

Muskegon County

11.4

75

 Emmet County

15.8

34

Delta County

11.5

76

 Keweenaw County

16.2

35

Shiawassee County

11.7

77

 Alcona County

17.7

36

Alpena County

11.7

78

 Presque Isle County

18.1

37

Genesee County

11.8

79

 Ontonagon County

19.0

38

Kalkaska County

11.8

80

 Montmorency County

20.7

39

Gogebic County

11.9

81

 Baraga County

21.1

40

St. Joseph County

11.9

82

 Oscoda County

21.5

41

Wayne County

12.0

83

 Mackinac County

21.9

42

Newaygo County

12.0

 

 

 

 

 





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