February Jobless Rates Fall in All Michigan Regional Labor Markets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 28, 2019

Caleb Buhs, buhsc@michigan.gov or 517-303-4038

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in the state’s 17 major labor market areas decreased over the month, according to data from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Total employment in February advanced in all regions, and workforce levels rose in most areas.

“Michigan’s February regional labor markets showed distinct monthly seasonal trends,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. “Seasonal job increases occurred in local schools and state universities as students returned from holiday break. Recalls also occurred in February among auto workers on temporary layoff.”

February regional jobless rate declines ranged from 0.2 to 0.7 percentage points with a median decrease of four-tenths of a percentage point.  Notable over-the-month rate cuts occurred in the Lansing-East Lansing Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (-0.7) and the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MSA (-0.6).

Jobless Rates Decrease Over Year

Since February 2018, unemployment rates fell in all 17 labor market areas. Over-the-year rate reductions ranged from 0.6 to 1.8 percentage points. The Northeast Lower Michigan Region and the Northwest Lower Michigan Region exhibited the largest jobless rate declines of 1.8 and 1.4 percentage points, respectively.

Total Employment Up Over Month and Year

Between January and February 2019, total employment advanced in all labor market regions. Monthly gains ranged from 0.6 to 3.3 percent with a notable median increase of 1.3 percent. The largest seasonal employment additions occurred in the Upper Peninsula (+3.3%) and the Lansing-East Lansing MSA (+2.2%) and were partially education-related. Over the year, total employment rose in 16 labor market areas. Increases ranged from 0.2 to 2.5 percent with a prominent median advance of 1.3 percent. The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in the Northwest Lower Michigan Region (+2.5%) and Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA (+2.1%).

NOTE: Labor force, employment, and unemployment data for all months of 2018 have been recently revised.  Revised data will be released in coming weeks for 2014-2017. Payroll job data for all industries was revised for 2017 and 2018, and for certain industries back to 1990.  For newly published estimates, go to Michigan.gov/LMI.

Labor Force Levels Up Over Month, Mixed Over Year

Over the month, workforce levels rose in 16 of Michigan’s 17 labor market regions. Labor force gains ranged from 0.2 to 2.7 percent. The largest over-the-month labor force advances occurred in the Upper Peninsula (+2.7%) and the Ann Arbor metro area (+1.8%). The Detroit MSA was the only area to exhibit no change in labor force over the month.

Since February 2018, workforce levels rose in eight regions, declined in eight regions, and remained unchanged in the Flint MSA. Grand Rapids-Wyoming exhibited the largest over-the-year labor force increase (+1.3%) while Midland demonstrated the most pronounced workforce decline (-1.2%).

February Payroll Jobs Up Over Month and Year

The monthly survey of employers indicated that seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan rose by 22,000, or 0.5 percent, since January to 4,387,000. Over-the-month nonfarm job gains were primarily due to increases in Government (+17,000) and Manufacturing (+9,000). Government sector job gains occurred in the subsectors State government educational services (+9,000) and Local government educational services (+8,000) as students returned to schools and colleges following holiday break. Job additions in Manufacturing primarily reflected recalls in the auto industry following January layoff activity.  

In February, payroll jobs rose in 12 of the state’s 14 metro regions. Metro area job gains ranged from 0.2 to 1.5 percent with the largest percentage advances reported in the Ann Arbor (+1.5%) and Lansing-East Lansing (+1.2%) MSAs. Payroll jobs edged down in Bay City (-0.9%) and remained unchanged in the Saginaw metro area.

Since February 2018, unadjusted nonfarm jobs rose statewide by 38,000, or 0.9 percent.  Nine Michigan regions advanced in employment over this period, led on a percentage basis by Monroe (+2.0%). Four areas receded in payroll employment over the year, and Midland’s job level remained unchanged.

County Jobless Rates Down Over Month and Year

Eighty of Michigan’s 83 counties reported jobless rate declines in February while three remained flat over the month. Since February 2018, unemployment rates moved down in 82 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 February workforce estimates for Michigan and its 17 major labor market areas follows, along with a listing of county jobless rates for February.

Note to Editors: Please ensure that the source for state unemployment rates reads “Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.”

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

ANN ARBOR MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Washtenaw County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

197,100

192,400

195,900

1.8%

-0.6%

Total Employment

190,700

186,800

190,600

2.0%

-0.1%

Unemployment

6,400

5,600

5,300

-5.4%

-17.2%

Rate (percent)

3.3

2.9

2.7

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

BATTLE CREEK MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Calhoun County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

63,200

62,600

63,500

1.4%

0.5%

Total Employment

60,000

59,800

60,900

1.8%

1.5%

Unemployment

3,200

2,700

2,600

-3.7%

-18.8%

Rate (percent)

5.1

4.4

4.1

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

BAY CITY MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Bay County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

50,800

50,300

50,400

0.2%

-0.8%

Total Employment

47,600

47,500

47,800

0.6%

0.4%

Unemployment

3,200

2,900

2,600

-10.3%

-18.8%

Rate (percent)

6.3

5.7

5.2

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

DETROIT-WARREN-DEARBORN MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Data in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

(Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, Livingston, St. Clair counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

2,120

2,146

2,146

0.0%

1.2%

Total Employment

2,021

2,047

2,060

0.6%

1.9%

Unemployment

99

99

86

-13.1%

-13.1%

Rate (percent)

4.7

4.6

4.0

 

 

Contact: Shibani Putatunda, DTMB Economic Analyst 313-456-3145

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

FLINT MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Genesee County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

183,000

182,200

183,000

0.4%

0.0%

Total Employment

172,100

172,300

174,000

1.0%

1.1%

Unemployment

10,900

9,900

9,000

-9.1%

-17.4%

Rate (percent)

6.0

5.4

4.9

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

GRAND RAPIDS-WYOMING MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Barry, Kent, Montcalm, Ottawa counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

581,000

582,700

588,700

1.0%

1.3%

Total Employment

559,900

564,600

571,700

1.3%

2.1%

Unemployment

21,100

18,100

16,900

-6.6%

-19.9%

Rate (percent)

3.6

3.1

2.9

 

 

Contact: Nick Gandhi, DTMB Regional Economic Analyst 517-335-3875

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

JACKSON MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Jackson County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

74,800

74,000

74,900

1.2%

0.1%

Total Employment

71,200

70,900

72,000

1.6%

1.1%

Unemployment

3,600

3,100

2,900

-6.5%

-19.4%

Rate (percent)

4.8

4.2

3.9

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

KALAMAZOO-PORTAGE MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Kalamazoo, Van Buren counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

169,700

168,100

170,500

1.4%

0.5%

Total Employment

161,800

161,600

164,400

1.7%

1.6%

Unemployment

7,900

6,600

6,100

-7.6%

-22.8%

Rate (percent)

4.6

3.9

3.6

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

LANSING-EAST LANSING MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Clinton, Eaton, Ingham counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

252,700

247,400

251,100

1.5%

-0.6%

Total Employment

242,400

237,500

242,800

2.2%

0.2%

Unemployment

10,300

9,800

8,300

-15.3%

-19.4%

Rate (percent)

4.1

4.0

3.3

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

MIDLAND MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Midland County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

40,900

40,000

40,400

1.0%

-1.2%

Total Employment

38,700

38,300

38,800

1.3%

0.3%

Unemployment

2,100

1,700

1,600

-5.9%

-23.8%

Rate (percent)

5.2

4.3

4.0

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

MONROE MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Monroe County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

75,900

75,600

76,500

1.2%

0.8%

Total Employment

72,200

72,300

73,300

1.4%

1.5%

Unemployment

3,700

3,400

3,200

-5.9%

-13.5%

Rate (percent)

4.9

4.4

4.2

 

 

Contact: Shibani Putatunda, DTMB Economic Analyst 313-456-3145

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

MUSKEGON MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Muskegon County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

77,800

77,800

78,400

0.8%

0.8%

Total Employment

73,500

74,200

75,000

1.1%

2.0%

Unemployment

4,300

3,600

3,300

-8.3%

-23.3%

Rate (percent)

5.5

4.6

4.2

 

 

Contact: Nick Gandhi, DTMB Regional Economic Analyst 517-335-3875

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

NILES-BENTON HARBOR MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Berrien County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

73,200

71,900

72,700

1.1%

-0.7%

Total Employment

69,200

68,400

69,500

1.6%

0.4%

Unemployment

4,000

3,500

3,200

-8.6%

-20.0%

Rate (percent)

5.5

4.8

4.4

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

SAGINAW MSA

 

 

 

month

year

(Saginaw County)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

87,500

86,800

87,200

0.5%

-0.3%

Total Employment

82,300

82,000

82,800

1.0%

0.6%

Unemployment

5,200

4,900

4,400

-10.2%

-15.4%

Rate (percent)

6.0

5.6

5.1

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

 

 

 

month

year

(15 counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

139,300

134,800

138,400

2.7%

-0.6%

Total Employment

128,800

125,600

129,800

3.3%

0.8%

Unemployment

10,500

9,200

8,700

-5.4%

-17.1%

Rate (percent)

7.6

6.8

6.3

 

 

Contact: Jeffrey Aula, DTMB Economic Analyst 313-456-3144

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN

 

 

 

month

year

(Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

81,900

80,900

81,300

0.5%

-0.7%

Total Employment

73,400

73,600

74,400

1.1%

1.4%

Unemployment

8,500

7,300

6,900

-5.5%

-18.8%

Rate (percent)

10.3

9.0

8.5

 

 

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

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN

 

 

 

month

year

(Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford counties)

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

146,400

146,700

147,800

0.7%

1.0%

Total Employment

136,100

138,000

139,500

1.1%

2.5%

Unemployment

10,200

8,700

8,300

-4.6%

-18.6%

Rate (percent)

7.0

5.9

5.6

 

 

Contact: Nick Gandhi, DTMB Regional Economic Analyst 517-335-3875

 

Feb-18

Jan-18

Feb-19

% change

% change

MICHIGAN (Data in thousands)

 

 

 

month

year

Civilian Labor Force

4,903

4,905

4,939

0.7%

0.7%

Total Employment

4,662

4,680

4,736

1.2%

1.6%

Unemployment

241

225

203

-9.8%

-15.8%

Rate (percent)

4.9

4.6

4.1

 

 

Contact: Shibani Putatunda, DTMB Economic Analyst 313-456-3145

Michigan Counties Ranked By Unemployment Rate - February 2019

1

Ottawa County

2.7

 

43

Mecosta County

5.2

2

Washtenaw County

2.7

 

44

Otsego County

5.2

3

Kent County

2.8

 

45

St. Clair County

5.2

4

Clinton County

3.1

 

46

Gogebic County

5.5

5

Kalamazoo County

3.1

 

47

Marquette County

5.5

6

Oakland County

3.1

 

48

Sanilac County

5.5

7

Eaton County

3.3

 

49

Alpena County

5.6

8

Allegan County

3.4

 

50

Charlevoix County

5.7

9

Ingham County

3.4

 

51

Missaukee County

5.7

10

Livingston County

3.4

 

52

Tuscola County

5.8

11

Barry County

3.5

 

53

Lapeer County

5.9

12

Ionia County

3.5

 

54

Delta County

6.1

13

Branch County

3.8

 

55

Mason County

6.1

14

St. Joseph County

3.8

 

56

Crawford County

6.3

15

Jackson County

3.9

 

57

Iron County

6.3

16

Hillsdale County

4.0

 

58

Baraga County

6.4

17

Isabella County

4.0

 

59

Gladwin County

6.4

18

Lenawee County

4.0

 

60

Antrim County

6.5

19

Macomb County

4.0

 

61

Keweenaw County

6.5

20

Midland County

4.0

 

62

Luce County

6.7

21

Calhoun County

4.1

 

63

Benzie County

6.8

22

Menominee County

4.1

 

64

Manistee County

6.8

23

Dickinson County

4.2

 

65

Ontonagon County

7.0

24

Grand Traverse County

4.2

 

66

Clare County

7.2

25

Monroe County

4.2

 

67

Lake County

7.2

26

Muskegon County

4.2

 

68

Kalkaska County

7.3

27

Cass County

4.3

 

69

Emmet County

7.4

28

Berrien County

4.4

 

70

Iosco County

7.4

29

Montcalm County

4.5

 

71

Chippewa County

7.5

30

Shiawassee County

4.6

 

72

Oscoda County

7.5

31

Osceola County

4.7

 

73

Alcona County

7.8

32

Wayne County

4.7

 

74

Oceana County

7.8

33

Gratiot County

4.8

 

75

Ogemaw County

8.5

34

Newaygo County

4.8

 

76

Schoolcraft County

8.5

35

Genesee County

4.9

 

77

Arenac County

8.7

36

Houghton County

5.0

 

78

Alger County

9.0

37

Wexford County

5.0

 

79

Roscommon County

9.1

38

Leelanau County

5.1

 

80

Montmorency County

9.7

39

Saginaw County

5.1

 

81

Presque Isle County

10.9

40

Van Buren County

5.1

 

82

Cheboygan County

16.3

41

Bay County

5.2

 

83

Mackinac County

20.0

42

Huron County

5.2