Technology, Management and Budget
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2020
Caleb Buhs, email@example.com or 517-282-6018
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan’s published seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July 2020 was 8.7 percent, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. July payroll jobs in Michigan rose by 103,000, but this was well below the 266,000 jobs added in the month of June.
The U.S. jobless rate moved down by nine-tenths of a percentage point between June and July to 10.2 percent. Michigan’s July rate was 1.5 percentage points below the national rate.
“Michigan has now recovered about half of the coronavirus-related job cuts, that occurred in March and April 2020,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. “Payroll employment has increased by about 540,000 over the three-month period of May through July 2020.”
Monthly labor force trends and highlights
Over the year, the number of Michigan employed fell by 7.0 percent, while national employment receded by 8.8 percent.
Detroit metropolitan area’s unemployment rate declines in July
The Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) seasonally adjusted jobless rate receded in July to 9.2 percent. Total employment rose by 147,000, or 8.8 percent, over the month. The monthly published unemployment decrease was very large in July and difficult to evaluate. Over the last three months, unemployment has averaged 250,000 above the prepandemic February level.
The July Detroit MSA unemployment rate was 4.9 percentage points above the July 2019 level, but over the last three months, the rate has averaged a very high 16.7 percent.
Nonfarm jobs increase for third consecutive month, but at lower pace
The monthly survey of employers showed that seasonally adjusted jobs rebounded in Michigan for the third straight month, up by 103,000, or 2.7 percent. This gain was well below the job advance in June (+266,300).
Most major industry sectors exhibited employment increases in July. Leisure and hospitality recorded the largest monthly industry job advance on both a numeric and percentage basis, up by 28,000, or 11.7 percent.
Industry employment trends and highlights
For more detailed information, including data tables, view the full release.
NOTE: The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the “Employment Situation for July 2020” special notice was issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This material addresses some of the questions about the effect of the pandemic on the employment situation for July 2020.
NOTE: This release reflects estimates of the number of Michigan unemployed from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. The primary source for the information is a monthly survey of Michigan households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In a separate database, every week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) reports the number of people filing initial and continued claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. A continued claim is filed after an initial claim to receive benefits for a particular week of unemployment.
Data users must be cautious about trying to compare or reconcile the UI claims data with the official unemployment figures derived from the household survey. The unemployment data gathered through the household survey do not depend upon the eligibility for or receipt of UI benefits. There are conceptual, coverage, and scope differences between the two data sources.
Under normal circumstances, these differences tend to cause the household survey estimate of unemployed people to be larger than the number of individuals claiming benefits in UI programs. However, the coronavirus pandemic is a unique circumstance in which the relative relationship between unemployment as measured by the household survey and recipients of unemployment compensation is volatile and can shift over time.