Technology, Management and Budget
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2019
Caleb Buhs, firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-303-4038
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate edged down by a tenth of a percentage point to 4.2 percent in August, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Total employment rose by 4,000 over the month while the number of unemployed was little changed (-1,000). The state’s workforce edged up slightly in August.
Michigan’s August unemployment rate was five-tenths of a percentage point above the national rate. The U.S. jobless rate was unchanged over the month. “Michigan’s labor market remained steady in August,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, “Total employment and payroll jobs both recorded minor gains over the month.”
Michigan’s August 2019 unemployment rate was three-tenths above the state’s August 2018 rate of 3.9 percent. The national jobless rate moved down by a tenth of a percentage point over this period.
Monthly Labor Force Trends & Highlights
Detroit Metropolitan Area’s August Jobless Rate Down Slightly
The Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA’s) seasonally adjusted jobless rate declined by a tenth of a percentage point in August to 4.5 percent. Total employment inched up by 3,000 while the number of unemployed receded by 2,000 over the month.
Over the year, the Detroit MSA jobless rate rose by half a percentage point. Employment increased by 22,000 or 1.1 percent while total unemployment moved up by 12,000 or 14.0 percent. The region’s labor force advanced by 33,000, or 1.6 percent, over the year.
August Payroll Employment Edges Up Over Month
According to the monthly survey of employers, seasonally adjusted payroll jobs in Michigan advanced by 6,000 over the month to 4,447,000 in August. Notable monthly industry employment gains occurred in professional and business services and government, with each industry adding 5,000 jobs in August.
Industry Employment Trends and Highlights
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