Technology, Management and Budget
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2019
Christyn Herman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-335-6460
Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose by a tenth of a percentage point over the month to 4.3 percent, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Total employment edged up by 1,000, while unemployment increased slightly by 2,000 in July, resulting in a small monthly labor force gain (+3,000).
The state’s unemployment rate in July was six-tenths of a percentage point above the national rate (3.7 percent), which was unchanged over the month.
The Michigan jobless rate in July 2019 was three-tenths of a percentage point above the state’s July 2018 rate of 4.0 percent. The national jobless rate declined by two-tenths of a percentage point over this period.
“Despite a minor jobless rate increase, Michigan’s total workforce and employment levels have both advanced over the past year,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, “Since July 2018, the state’s labor force expanded by 65,000 residents and employment was up by 47,000.”
Monthly Labor Force Trends & Highlights
Michigan’s over-the-year employment expansion of 1.0 percent was slightly above employment growth nationally (0.8 percent).
Detroit Metropolitan Area Jobless Rate Remains at 4.6 Percent in July
The Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA’s) seasonally adjusted jobless rate was unchanged in July at 4.6 percent. Both total employment and the number of unemployed inched up by 2,000 over the month, resulting in a net workforce gain of 4,000 since June.
Since July 2018, the Detroit metro area unemployment rate moved up by half a percentage point. Employment rose by 20,000, or 1.0 percent, while total unemployment increased by 14,000, or 16.3 percent. The Detroit MSA workforce advanced by 34,000, or 1.6 percent, over the year.
Michigan Nonfarm Jobs Decline in July
According to the monthly survey of employers, seasonally adjusted payroll jobs in Michigan fell by 6,000 over the month to 4,440,000. Most industry employment changes in July were minimal, apart from a job cut in education and health services (-6,000).
Industry Employment Trends and Highlights
Seasonally adjusted average weekly earnings of production workers in manufacturing moved up over the month and over the year, while average weekly hours decreased both over the month and over the year.
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