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February Jobless Rates Remain Stable

Wednesday, March 24, 1999

Kathy McMahon
(517) 335-4590

Five Areas Have Lower Unemployment Rates Than Year AgoFebruary seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates remained stable in the state's 10 major labor market areas, showing little change from January's rates, Doug Rothwell, CEO and department director of the Michigan Jobs Commission, announced today. Labor force and employment levels rose in most areas, but unemployment levels and rates were little changed. Jobless rate increases ranged from one-tenth of a percentage point in the Detroit, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, and Saginaw-Bay-Midland metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) to three-tenths of a percentage point in the Upper Peninsula (UP) labor market area. The Benton Harbor MSA had the largest February unemployment rate decline---down three-tenths of a percentage point. The February unemployment rate in three other areas--the Ann Arbor MSA, Flint MSA and Lansing MSA--edged down by one-tenth of a percentage point. The February jobless rate was unchanged in the Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland MSA and the Jackson MSA. The Ann Arbor MSA had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.9 percent, and the UP recorded the highest at 8.6 percent. "The small magnitude of the changes in the February unemployment rates in the state's 10 major labor market areas underscores the stability of Michigan's economy, which continues to perform well," Rothwell said. Five of Michigan's major labor market areas had lower unemployment rates than a year ago. These included the Benton Harbor MSA, Jackson MSA, Lansing MSA, Saginaw-Bay-Midland MSA, and the UP. The Lansing MSA experienced the largest decrease with a 1.1 percent decline. The Ann Arbor MSA had the largest increase over year-ago levels, rising by 0.4 percent. Labor Force & Employment Up For February & Over Year Ago Labor force levels increased in eight of the 10 Michigan labor market areas in February. The Detroit MSA labor force was unchanged, and the Flint MSA declined slightly. Eight of the major labor market areas also experienced increases in labor force levels over year-ago levels. Only the Flint and Lansing MSAs recorded a decrease in labor force levels as compared to February 1998. Employment levels increased in nine of the 10 Michigan labor market areas in February. The only decrease was in the Detroit MSA. Employment levels also were up in nine of the 10 areas over February 1998 levels. Only the Flint MSA experienced a small decrease. Payroll Jobs Increase Slightly According to the monthly survey of employers, the number of payroll jobs in Michigan edged up by 18,000 in February to total 4,495,000. Most of this job gain was due to a seasonal employment increase in state and local education. Jobs in state education were up 4,000, andlocal education registered an increase of 17,000 as schools returned to normal operations after the winter break. February employment gains in construction (+2,000) and services (+6,000) were offset by job losses in retail (-8,000) and manufacturing (-3,000). A breakdown of seasonally unadjusted February work force estimates for Michigan and its 10 major labor markets follows, along with a listing of county jobless rates. Feb.1999 1998
Jan.1999 Feb.
ANN ARBORMSA(Washtenaw, Lenawee and Livingston Counties)Civilian LaborForce 299,000 295,300 294,700Total Employment 290,400 286,600 287,200Unemployment 8,500 8,700 7,400Rate 2.9 3.0 2.5Contact: GeorgeMechem, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 241-7286
Feb.1999Jan.1999Feb. 1998BENTON HARBOR MSA(Berrien County)Civilian LaborForce 81,300 81,100 81,100Total Employment 77,600 77,100 76,900Unemployment 3,800 3,900 4,200Rate 4.6 4.9 5.2Contact: JoeBillig, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 782-9755
Feb.1999Jan.1999Feb. 1998DETROIT MSA(Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Lapeer,and St. Clair Counties)Civilian LaborForce 2,252,000 2,252,000 2,230,000Total Employment 2,159,000 2,162,000 2,143,000Unemployment 93,000 90,000 87,000Rate 4.1 4.0 3.9Contact: BruceWeaver - MJC/ESA Area Analyst (313) 876-5978.
Feb.1999Jan.1999Feb. 1998FLINT MSA(Genesee County)Civilian LaborForce 198,400 198,500 199,400Total Employment 187,300 187,100 188,100Unemployment 11,100 11,400 11,300Rate 5.6 5.7 5.6Contact: SandySt. Cyr, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 776-1508
Feb.1999Jan.1999Feb. 1998GRAND RAPIDS- MUSKEGON - HOLLAND MSA(Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Allegan Counties)Civilian LaborForce 596,700 594,800 585,200Total Employment 574,600 573,000 564,800Unemployment 22,100 21,800 20,400Rate 3.7 3.7 3.5Contact: LeonidasMurembya, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (616) 760-1129
Feb.1999Jan.1999Feb. 1998JACKSON MSA(Jackson County)Civilian LaborForce 76,100 75,700 75,200Total Employment 72,800 72,400 71,700Unemployment 3,300 3,300 3,500Rate 4.3 4.3 4.7Contact: JoeBillig, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 782-9755
Feb.1999Jan.1999Feb. 1998KALAMAZOO- BATTLE CREEK MSA(Kalamazoo, Calhoun, and Van Buren counties)Civilian LaborForce 230,700 229,000 229,600Total Employment 221,300 219,800 220,300Unemployment 9,400 9,200 9,300Rate 4.1 4.0 4.0Contact: JoeBillig, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 782-9755
Feb.1999Jan.1999Feb. 1998LANSING MSA(Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties)Civilian LaborForce 243,100 235,700 245,200Total Employment 235,600 228,200 234,800Unemployment 7,500 7,400 10,400Rate 3.1 3.2 4.2Contact: GeorgeMechem, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 241-7286
Feb.1999Jan.1999Feb. 1998SAGINAW -BAY - MIDLAND MSA(Saginaw, Bay, and Midland Counties)Civilian Labor Force 199,400 198,900 196,700Total Employment 188,800 188,500 186,200Unemployment 10,600 10,300 10,600Rate 5.3 5.2 5.4Contact: SandySt. Cyr, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 776-1508
Feb.1999Jan.1999Feb. 1998UPPER PENINSULALMA(15 Counties)Civilian LaborForce 153,200 152,100 151,600Total Employment 140,100 139,500 138,100Unemployment 13,100 12,600 13,500Rate 8.6 8.3 8.9Contact: KathySalow, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (906) 226-3669
Feb.1999Jan.1999Feb. 1998MICHIGANCivilian LaborForce 5,021,000 5,000,000 4,965,000Total Employment 4,788,000 4,772,000 4,739,000Unemployment 233,000 228,000 226,000Rate 4.6 4.6 4.6Contact: BruceWeaver - MJC/ESA Area Analyst (313) 876-5978

MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENTRATE - FEBRUARY 1999

1 MACKINAC COUNTY 22.7

2 CHEBOYGAN COUNTY 20.83 PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY 17.64 MONTMORENCY COUNTY 16.55 SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY 14.16 KEWEENAW COUNTY 12.37 OSCODA COUNTY 12.18 LAKE COUNTY 11.79 IOSCO COUNTY 11.710 CLARE COUNTY 11.611 ROSCOMMON COUNTY 11.412 OCEANA COUNTY 11.313 ALCONA COUNTY 11.314 OGEMAW COUNTY 11.215 LUCE COUNTY 10.816 EMMET COUNTY 10.817 CHIPPEWA COUNTY 10.518 ARENAC COUNTY 10.419 ONTONAGON COUNTY 10.220 GLADWIN COUNTY 10.121 NEWAYGO COUNTY 9.422 BENZIE COUNTY 9.423 MISSAUKEE COUNTY 9.224 MASON COUNTY 9.125 MANISTEE COUNTY 9.126 WEXFORD COUNTY 8.827 ALPENA COUNTY 8.828 IRON COUNTY 8.829 ANTRIM COUNTY 8.830 KALKASKA COUNTY 8.731 CRAWFORD COUNTY 8.632 BARAGA COUNTY 8.533 DELTA COUNTY 8.534 GOGEBIC COUNTY 8.335 SANILAC COUNTY 8.036 MONTCALM COUNTY 7.737 CHARLEVOIX COUNTY 7.438 MENOMINEE COUNTY 7.339 OSCEOLA COUNTY 7.240 DICKINSON COUNTY 7.241 ALGER COUNTY 6.942 TUSCOLA COUNTY 6.943 HURON COUNTY 6.744 HOUGHTON COUNTY 6.645 BAY COUNTY 6.346 MARQUETTE COUNTY 6.247 VAN BUREN COUNTY 6.148 SHIAWASSEE COUNTY 6.149 OTSEGO COUNTY 6.050 LAPEER COUNTY 5.951 MECOSTA COUNTY 5.852 ST. CLAIR COUNTY 5.753 GENESEE COUNTY 5.654 IONIA COUNTY 5.455 GRATIOT COUNTY 5.356 GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY 5.357 SAGINAW COUNTY 5.258 MUSKEGON COUNTY 5.159 LEELANAU COUNTY 4.860 WAYNE COUNTY 4.861 BERRIEN COUNTY 4.662 ISABELLA COUNTY 4.663 CALHOUN COUNTY 4.664 MIDLAND COUNTY 4.465 JACKSON COUNTY 4.366 BRANCH COUNTY 4.267 LENAWEE COUNTY 4.268 MONROE COUNTY 3.969 MACOMB COUNTY 3.870 HILLSDALE COUNTY 3.771 ALLEGAN COUNTY 3.772 ST JOSEPH COUNTY 3.773 CASS COUNTY 3.774 BARRY COUNTY 3.775 KENT COUNTY 3.576 LIVINGSTON COUNTY 3.477 OTTAWA COUNTY 3.478 KALAMAZOO COUNTY 3.279 INGHAM COUNTY 3.280 OAKLAND COUNTY 3.181 CLINTON COUNTY 3.082 EATON COUNTY 2.883 WASHTENAW COUNTY 2.2