Technology, Management and Budget
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2020
Caleb Buhs, email@example.com or 517-303-4038
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched down by a tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent in December, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment advanced by 6,000 over the month, while unemployment fell by the same number, resulting in no change in the state’s workforce total over the month.
The Michigan jobless rate in December was a tenth of a percentage point below the December 2018 rate of 4.0 percent. The U.S. jobless rate fell by four-tenths of a percentage point during the same period. Michigan’s December unemployment rate was four-tenths above the national rate of 3.5 percent.
“Michigan’s labor market was steady in 2019,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. “The state’s annual jobless rate moved down for the 10th straight year, while payroll employment rose for the ninth consecutive year.”
Monthly labor force trends and highlights
Michigan’s 2019 preliminary annual average labor force data
Michigan’s preliminary annual average unemployment rate in 2019 was 4.0 percent, a rate three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the national annual rate of 3.7 percent. Total employment in Michigan averaged 4,754,000 in 2019, while total unemployment averaged 200,000. The state’s annual workforce level was 4,953,000 in 2019.
Annual average trends and highlights
Detroit Metropolitan Area’s December jobless rate declines
The Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA’s) seasonally adjusted jobless rate edged down by a tenth of a percentage point over the month to 3.9 percent in December. Employment in the Detroit region advanced by 4,000, while the number of unemployed dipped by 2,000, resulting in a net workforce gain of 2,000 over the month. The region’s December workforce level of 2,165,000 was the region’s highest total since March 2007.
Since December 2018, the Detroit MSA jobless rate was down slightly by a tenth of a percentage point. The region’s labor force advanced by 33,000, or 1.5 percent, over the year due to a total employment increase of 34,000 and a minor unemployment decline of 1,000.
Detroit MSA 2019 preliminary annual average labor force trends and highlights
The Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MSA’s preliminary annual average jobless rate in 2019 was 4.2 percent, slightly above the 2019 annual Michigan rate. Average employment in the Detroit region was 2,069,000 during 2019, and the number of unemployed was 91,000.
December payroll jobs up, annual jobs advance for ninth consecutive year
According to the monthly survey of employers, seasonally adjusted Michigan payroll jobs rose by 5,000 in December to 4,452,000. Most industries recorded minor job gains or were stable. The largest over-the-month industry movements were seen in trade, transportation and utilities (+4,000) and professional and business services (-3,000).
Industry employment trends and highlights
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