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Michigan Payroll Jobs Greatly Increase in April

On a seasonally adjusted basis, Michigan total nonfarm payroll jobs rose significantly by 14,800, or 0.3 percent, to a total of 4,494,100 in April. This marked the third consecutive month of recorded job gains in the state, with jobs rising at an average of 12,300 every month since January. Nationally, Michigan ranked fifth among all 50 states for the largest numeric payroll job change in April.

Michigan records significant payroll job gains during April. 

Monthly Job Change (Data in Thousands) 

Source: Current Employment Statistics, Michigan Center for Data and Analytics


In the U.S., total nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 0.1 percent (+175,000) over the month, two-tenths of a percentage point below the statewide rate of change. This was the smallest numerical job gain recorded in the U.S. since October 2023. Over the month, the largest numerical job changes occurred nationally within Private education and health services (+95,000) and Trade, transportation, and utilities (+52,000).

Comparable to trends seen last month, Michigan’s employment growth this month was primarily driven by job additions within the state’s Construction (+4,200) sector. In April, job growth was seen across nine of 11 statewide industry sectors including Professional and business services (+4,000); Trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,700); and Private education and health services (+1,400). Over the month, the Financial activities (-1,000) and Mining and logging (-100) industries recorded job losses. On a percentage basis, the Construction (+2.1 percent) sector observed the most significant employment growth this month.

Mixed Job Changes Among Statewide Major Industry Sectors Over the Year

Over the year, total nonfarm payroll jobs in Michigan increased by 39,500, or 0.9 percent. However, only five of 11 statewide industry sectors recorded job additions above their year-ago level. Since April 2023, the Government (+23,300); Private education and health services (+16,600); and Construction (+16,100) sectors demonstrated strong employment growth while industries such as Professional and business services (-13,800); Manufacturing (-7,100); and Financial activities (-4,800) recorded payroll job declines over the year. On a percentage basis, the largest over-the-year rate of change was recorded in the Construction (+8.5 percent) sector. Since April 2023, employment within the Other services sector was unchanged.

Over the year, total U.S. payroll jobs rose by 1.8 percent, 0.9 percentage points above the statewide average. On a percentage basis, the Private education and health services (+4.3 percent); Construction (+3.2 percent); and Government (+2.7 percent) sectors recorded the most significant over-the-year rate changes. 

All Michigan Metro Areas Record Job Gains During April

On a not seasonally adjusted basis, every Michigan Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded employment growth over the month. In April, the statewide rate of change (+0.8 percent) was three-tenths of a percentage point above the nationwide rate. Additionally, four metro areas noted job advancements above Michigan’s rate, whereas every metro area, except Kalamazoo, recorded a job rate change greater than or equal to the nationwide rate (+0.5 percent). Employment in Mining, logging, and construction increased or remained unchanged in all Michigan metro areas during April.

Over the year, 10 of Michigan’s 14 metro areas observed employment growth. The most significant over-the-year rate changes were recorded in the Monroe (+3.1 percent), Niles (+2.9 percent), and Muskegon (+2.2 percent) areas. Since April 2023, four metro areas lost jobs, with the largest decline noted in the Kalamazoo MSA (-0.7 percent). All Michigan metro areas saw increased or no changes in employment within the Mining, logging, and construction and Private education and health services sectors over the year.

Every Michigan metro area saw employment growth in April.

(Not seasonally adjusted)

Source: Current Employment Statistics, Michigan Center for Data and Analytics


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