June Unemployment Rates Up Slightly in Majority of Michigan Regional Labor Markets

Lansing – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in June edged up seasonally in 14 of the state’s 17 major labor market areas, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.  Total employment and workforce levels increased over the month in most regions.

“June 2018 was very typical for Michigan’s job market.  Workforce levels swelled throughout the state as many individuals entered the labor market seeking seasonal employment,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.  “Most of Michigan’s local labor markets in mid-2018 continued to show slight improvement over last year.”

During June, the unemployment rate increases in the 14 regions were moderate and ranged from 0.3 to 0.7 of a percentage point with a median advance of 0.4 of a percentage point.  The largest over-the-month jobless rate hikes occurred in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn (+0.7), Muskegon (+0.6) and Lansing-East Lansing (+0.6) Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).  The unemployment rate in the Northwest Lower Michigan region declined in June by 0.1 of a percentage point while the rates in the Northeast Lower Michigan region and the Upper Peninsula were unchanged.  In June, regional unemployment rates in Michigan ranged from 3.3 to 5.9 percent.  The June Michigan non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.3 percent, while the national unadjusted rate was 4.2 percent.

Unemployment Rates Down Over Year

Since June 2017, jobless rates declined in 16 of the 17 Michigan regions.  Rate reductions over the year ranged from 0.1 to 1.0 percentage point with a moderate median decline of 0.4 of a percentage point.  The most pronounced rate decreases were posted in the Lansing-East Lansing (-1.0) and Battle Creek (-0.6) MSAs.  The unemployment rate in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MSA rose slightly by 0.3 of a percentage point since June 2017.

Total Employment Up Over Month, Year

From May to June, total employment levels advanced in 12 regions and fell in four areas.  Employment was essentially unchanged over the month in the Kalamazoo-Portage MSA.  Total employment gains ranged from 0.3 to 4.3 percent with the largest percentage increases displayed in the Northwest Lower Michigan region (+4.3%), the Upper Peninsula (+1.8%) and the Northeast Lower Michigan region (+1.5%) as hiring continued for the summer tourism season.  Combined, these three areas accounted for an employment gain of nearly 10,000 in June.  Employment reductions in the four regions were mostly minor with the exception of a 3.3 percent seasonal employment drop in the Lansing-East Lansing MSA.

Since June 2017, total employment was up in 15 areas with a solid median increase of 1.0 percent.  The largest gains over the year were recorded in the Ann Arbor (+2.6%), Grand Rapids-Wyoming (+1.8%) and Monroe (+1.6%) MSAs.  Over-the-year total employment decreases were registered in the Niles-Benton Harbor (-1.1%) and Muskegon (-0.5%) MSAs.                                                                                                 

Labor Force Levels Up Over Month, Year

In June, workforce levels rose seasonally in 15 regions with growth ranging from 0.3 to 4.1 percent, and a median increase of 1.1 percent.  The state’s three northernmost areas posted the largest over-the-month percentage gains.  The Lansing-East Lansing metro area (-2.7%) recorded a sizable seasonal reduction, while the Jackson MSA (-0.1%) reported a minor workforce decline in June.

Since June 2017, labor force levels advanced in 13 regions, declined in two areas and were unchanged in the Battle Creek and Midland MSAs.  Over-the-year increases were wide-ranging from 0.1 to 2.3 percent with a moderate median gain of 0.7 percent.  Reductions were recorded in the Niles-Benton Harbor (-1.3%) and Muskegon (-0.6%) MSAs. 

Seasonal and Tourism-Related Hiring Continue in June

The monthly survey of employers indicated that seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan increased by 35,000 or 0.8 percent in June to 4,490,000.  Private sector jobs in the state rose by 47,000 or 1.2 percent over the month led by seasonal job gains in Leisure and hospitality services (+18,000), Construction (+8,000) and Trade, transportation and utilities (+8,000).

Government jobs dropped in June as seasonal cutbacks occurred in State government education        (-11,000) and Local government education (-6,000) with the beginning of summer break at area schools and universities. 

In June, payroll jobs advanced in 12 of the state’s 14 metro regions with increases ranging from 0.2 to 1.7 percent and a median rise of 1.1 percent.  Metro regions with the most prominent over-the-month job gains on a percentage basis included the Niles-Benton Harbor (+1.7%), Saginaw (+1.4%) and Muskegon (+1.2%) MSAs.  June job reductions were posted in the Lansing-East Lansing (-3.2%) and Jackson (-0.5%) metro areas.

Since June 2017, seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs rose statewide by 61,000 or 1.4 percent.  Twelve of Michigan’s 14 metro regions displayed job gains over this period led by the Ann Arbor (+2.9%), Grand Rapids-Wyoming (+1.8%) and Monroe (+1.6%) MSAs.  Over-the-year job reductions were recorded in the Muskegon (-1.6%) and Niles-Benton Harbor (-1.1%) metro regions.

County Jobless Rates Up Over Month, Down Over Year

Sixty of Michigan’s 83 counties recorded minor seasonal unemployment rate increases in June, with a median advance of 0.4 of a percentage point.  Twenty-one counties registered unemployment rate declines in June, while the rates in two counties were unchanged.  In June, 20 Michigan counties displayed unemployment rates below the national non-seasonally adjusted rate of 4.2 percent.  All Michigan counties in June reported unemployment rates below eight percent.

Since June 2017, unemployment rates declined in 71 counties, with a median reduction of a half percentage point.  Jobless rates increased slightly in eight counties over the year, while the rates in four counties were unchanged since June 2017.

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 Technology, Management & Budget.”   

 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

ANN ARBOR MSA

     

month

year

(Washtenaw County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

193,000

194,900

197,400

1.3%

2.3%

Total Employment

185,500

189,000

190,400

0.7%

2.6%

Unemployment

7,500

6,000

7,000

16.7%

-6.7%

Rate (percent)

3.9

3.1

3.5

   
           

Contact: Marcus Reason, DTMB Regional Economic Analyst (517) 335-8341

           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

BATTLE CREEK MSA

     

month

year

(Calhoun County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

64,400

64,000

64,400

0.6%

0.0%

Total Employment

61,200

61,400

61,600

0.3%

0.7%

Unemployment

3,300

2,600

2,900

11.5%

-12.1%

Rate (percent)

5.1

4.1

4.5

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

BAY CITY MSA

     

month

year

(Bay County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

51,400

50,900

51,600

1.4%

0.4%

Total Employment

48,600

48,500

49,000

1.0%

0.8%

Unemployment

2,900

2,400

2,600

8.3%

-10.3%

Rate (percent)

5.6

4.7

5.1

   
           

Contact: Evan Linskey, DTMB Regional Economic Analyst (517) 241-8272

   
           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

DETROIT-WARREN-DEARBORN MSA

     

month

year

(Data in thousands)

         

(Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer,

         

Livingston, St. Clair counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

2,110

2,117

2,128

0.5%

0.9%

Total Employment

2,024

2,040

2,035

-0.2%

0.5%

Unemployment

86

78

93

19.2%

8.1%

Rate (percent)

4.1

3.7

4.4

   
           

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

     
           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

FLINT MSA

     

month

year

(Genesee County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

186,500

184,800

186,600

1.0%

0.1%

Total Employment

176,000

176,100

177,100

0.6%

0.6%

Unemployment

10,500

8,700

9,500

9.2%

-9.5%

Rate (percent)

5.6

4.7

5.1

   
           

Contact: Evan Linskey, DTMB Regional Economic Analyst (517) 241-8272

   
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

GRAND RAPIDS - WYOMING MSA

     

month

year

(Barry, Kent, Montcalm, Ottawa counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

579,600

586,600

588,300

0.3%

1.5%

Total Employment

558,500

569,500

568,800

-0.1%

1.8%

Unemployment

21,100

17,100

19,500

14.0%

-7.6%

Rate (percent)

3.6

2.9

3.3

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

JACKSON MSA

     

month

year

(Jackson County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

74,800

75,400

75,300

-0.1%

0.7%

Total Employment

71,200

72,500

71,900

-0.8%

1.0%

Unemployment

3,600

2,900

3,300

13.8%

-8.3%

Rate (percent)

4.8

3.9

4.4

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

KALAMAZOO - PORTAGE MSA

     

month

year

(Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

168,400

169,000

169,800

0.5%

0.8%

Total Employment

160,800

162,900

162,900

0.0%

1.3%

Unemployment

7,600

6,100

7,000

14.8%

-7.9%

Rate (percent)

4.5

3.6

4.1

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

LANSING - EAST LANSING MSA

     

month

year

(Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

247,100

254,400

247,600

-2.7%

0.2%

Total Employment

235,100

245,900

237,900

-3.3%

1.2%

Unemployment

12,100

8,500

9,700

14.1%

-19.8%

Rate (percent)

4.9

3.3

3.9

   
           

Contact: Marcus Reason, DTMB Regional Economic Analyst (517) 335-8341

           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

MIDLAND MSA

     

month

year

(Midland County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

41,200

40,900

41,200

0.7%

0.0%

Total Employment

39,300

39,300

39,500

0.5%

0.5%

Unemployment

1,900

1,600

1,700

6.3%

-10.5%

Rate (percent)

4.6

3.9

4.2

   
           

Contact: Evan Linskey, DTMB Regional Economic Analyst (517) 241-8272                                                                                

   

 

         
           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

MONROE MSA

     

month

year

(Monroe County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

77,200

77,400

78,000

0.8%

1.0%

Total Employment

73,400

74,300

74,600

0.4%

1.6%

Unemployment

3,800

3,100

3,400

9.7%

-10.5%

Rate (percent)

4.9

4.0

4.4

   
           

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

     
           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

MUSKEGON MSA

     

month

year

(Muskegon County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

80,300

78,600

79,800

1.5%

-0.6%

Total Employment

76,100

75,100

75,700

0.8%

-0.5%

Unemployment

4,200

3,600

4,100

13.9%

-2.4%

Rate (percent)

5.2

4.5

5.1

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

NILES - BENTON HARBOR MSA

     

month

year

(Berrien County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

76,200

74,400

75,200

1.1%

-1.3%

Total Employment

72,500

71,300

71,700

0.6%

-1.1%

Unemployment

3,700

3,100

3,500

12.9%

-5.4%

Rate (percent)

4.8

4.2

4.7

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

SAGINAW MSA

     

month

year

(Saginaw County)

         

Civilian Labor Force

88,500

87,600

88,900

1.5%

0.5%

Total Employment

83,700

83,600

84,500

1.1%

1.0%

Unemployment

4,800

4,000

4,400

10.0%

-8.3%

Rate (percent)

5.4

4.6

5.0

   
           

Contact: Evan Linskey, DTMB Regional Economic Analyst (517) 241-8272

   
           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

     

month

year

(15 counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

140,300

137,900

140,500

1.9%

0.1%

Total Employment

132,000

130,300

132,700

1.8%

0.5%

Unemployment

8,400

7,600

7,700

1.3%

-8.3%

Rate (percent)

6.0

5.5

5.5

   
           

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

     
           

 

 

         
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN

     

month

year

(Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford,

         

Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, 

         

Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

85,300

84,200

85,500

1.5%

0.2%

Total Employment

79,900

79,300

80,500

1.5%

0.8%

Unemployment

5,400

5,000

5,100

2.0%

-5.6%

Rate (percent)

6.3

5.9

5.9

   
           

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

     
           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN

     

month

year

(Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Benzie,

         

Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau,

         

Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

157,300

152,400

158,700

4.1%

0.9%

Total Employment

149,700

145,500

151,700

4.3%

1.3%

Unemployment

7,500

6,900

7,000

1.4%

-6.7%

Rate (percent)

4.8

4.5

4.4

   
           

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

           
 

Jun-17

May-18

Jun-18

% change

% change

MICHIGAN (Data in thousands)

     

month

year

Civilian Labor Force

4,917

4,926

4,952

0.5%

0.7%

Total Employment

4,698

4,739

4,738

0.0%

0.9%

Unemployment

219

187

214

14.4%

-2.3%

Rate (percent)

4.5

3.8

4.3

   
           

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

     

 

                  MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

                                                     JUNE 2018

 
             

1

Ottawa County

3.1

 

43

Saginaw County

5.0

2

Kent County

3.3

 

44

Antrim County

5.1

3

Livingston County

3.3

 

45

Emmet County

5.1

4

Mackinac County

3.3

 

46

Kalkaska County

5.1

5

Oakland County

3.4

 

47

Missaukee County

5.1

6

Allegan County

3.4

 

48

Bay County

5.1

7

Clinton County

3.5

 

49

Genesee County

5.1

8

Grand Traverse County

3.5

 

50

Muskegon County

5.1

9

Washtenaw County

3.5

 

51

Otsego County

5.2

10

Barry County

3.6

 

52

Van Buren County

5.2

11

Eaton County

3.7

 

53

Marquette County

5.3

12

Ionia County

3.7

 

54

Iron County

5.4

13

St. Joseph County

3.7

 

55

Sanilac County

5.4

14

Kalamazoo County

3.8

 

56

Wayne County

5.4

15

Leelanau County

3.9

 

57

Alpena County

5.4

16

Dickinson County

3.9

 

58

Manistee County

5.5

17

Branch County

3.9

 

59

Mecosta County

5.5

18

Cheboygan County

4.0

 

60

Gladwin County

5.6

19

Ingham County

4.1

 

61

Oceana County

5.6

20

Macomb County

4.1

 

62

Gogebic County

5.7

21

Midland County

4.2

 

63

Delta County

5.7

22

Cass County

4.3

 

64

Clare County

5.8

23

Hillsdale County

4.3

 

65

Houghton County

5.8

24

Shiawassee County

4.3

 

66

Tuscola County

5.9

25

Charlevoix County

4.4

 

67

Crawford County

6.1

26

Menominee County

4.4

 

68

Alcona County

6.3

27

Lenawee County

4.4

 

69

Luce County

6.3

28

Jackson County

4.4

 

70

Oscoda County

6.3

29

Monroe County

4.4

 

71

Iosco County

6.4

30

Montcalm County

4.5

 

72

Arenac County

6.5

31

Osceola County

4.5

 

73

Baraga County

6.7

32

Mason County

4.5

 

74

Chippewa County

6.7

33

Isabella County

4.5

 

75

Lake County

6.8

34

Calhoun County

4.5

 

76

Ogemaw County

6.8

35

St. Clair County

4.6

 

77

Presque Isle County

6.8

36

Wexford County

4.7

 

78

Alger County

6.9

37

Gratiot County

4.7

 

79

Schoolcraft County

7.2

38

Berrien county

4.7

 

80

Keweenaw County

7.3

39

Lapeer County

4.8

 

81

Roscommon County

7.4

40

Newaygo County

4.8

 

82

Montmorency County

7.8

41

Huron County

4.9

 

83

Ontonagon County

7.9

42

Benzie County

5.0