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January Jobless Rate Unchanged

Wednesday, February 24, 1999

Susan Shafer
(517) 335-4590

Employment Up, Unemployment Down From Year-Ago LevelsMichigan's unemployment rate in January was unchanged from the December rate of 3.8 percent, Doug Rothwell, CEO and department director of the Michigan Jobs Commission, announced today.Since January of 1998, employment in Michigan has increased by 61,000 and unemployment has decreased by 8,000. Michigan's civilian labor force has grown by 53,000 since January of 1998 to total 5,061,000."Michigan's labor force situation indicates that the past year was a very good one for the state's economy and for most Michigan residents," Rothwell said. "We are off to a good start in 1999, and I am optimistic that Michigan's economy will continue to perform well throughout the first quarter of the year."Michigan's Joblessness Remains Below National AverageEmployment increased by 6,000 in Michigan in January to 4,871,000, and unemployment decreased by 3,000 to 190,000. The state civilian labor force grew by 3,000 in January. Michigan's jobless rate has displayed little recent change, as monthly rates have been between 3.7 and 3.8 percent in nine of the last ten months.Michigan's January jobless rate remained below the national rate of 4.3 percent for the 46th consecutive month. This was the 59th month since January 1994 that Michigan has been at or below the U.S. rate. Michigan's unemployment rate has fallenby 0.2 percentage points since January 1998.Payroll Jobs Decrease In January, Increase Over Past YearAccording to the monthly survey of employers, seasonally adjusted Michigan payroll jobs decreased by 1,000 in January and fell to 4,540,000. Goods producing industries lost 11,000 jobs due to job loss in both manufacturing and construction. Temporary layoffs pushedjobs in the motor vehicle industry down by 2,000, and severe winter weather in January cut construction employment by 8,000.Job growth in January was concentrated in the service producing industries, with gains in retail trade (+3,000), government (+3,000), transportation, communications and utilities (+2,000), and finance, insurance and real estate (+2,000).Payroll jobs have increased by 59,000, or 1.3 percent, since January 1998. Virtually all of this job growth has been in the service producing industries.Production Hours Unchanged, Earnings Decrease SlightlySeasonally adjusted hours of production workers in manufacturing were unchanged from December to January, while average weekly earnings decreased slightly. Hours worked were below and earnings were above year-ago levels.


(Data in Thousands)
MICHIGAN
Labor Force Estimates

Seasonally Adjusted
     January* December** January Change     1999 1998 1998 Month YearCivilian Labor Force 5,0615,058 5,008 3  53 Employment 4,871 4,865 4,810 6 61 Unemployment 190 193 198 -3 -8  Rate (percent) 3.8% 3.8% 4.0% xx xx*Preliminary data for January
**Final estimates for December 
Wage & Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted(Data in Thousands)     January* December** January Change***     1999 1998 1998 Month YearWage & Salary Employment 4,540 4,541 4,481 -1 59Goods Producing Industries 1,150 1,162 1,156 -11 -6 Construction & Mining 190 198 191 -8 -1  Mining 8 8 8 0 0  Construction 182 190 183 -8 -1 Manufacturing 960 963 964 -3 -4  Durable Goods 719 723 724 -4 -5   Motor Veh. & Equipment 272 274 277 -2 -6  Nondurable Goods 241 241 240 0 1Service Producing Industries 3,390 3,379 3,325 10 65 Trans., Comm., & Utilities 181 178 178 2 2 Wholesale Trade 237 237 233 0 4 Retail Trade 842 839 820 3 22 Finance, Ins., Real Estate 210 208 209 2 1 Services 1,260 1,260 1,227 0 33 Government 660 656 658 3 2*Preliminary data for January
**Final estimates for December
***Note: Change calculated using unrounded data     
Hours & Earnings for Production Workers

Seasonally Adjusted     January December January Change     1999 1998 1998 Month YearManufacturing Average Weekly Earnings $797.10 $799.36 $768.68 -$2.26 $28.42 Average Weekly Hours 44.0 44.0 44.2 0 -0.2Motor Vehicles & Equipment Average Weekly Earnings $1,168.84 $1,162.60 $1,078.09 $6.24 $90.75 Average Weekly Hours 46.4 47.0 46.2 -0.6 0.2Editor's Note: The labor force and payroll employment estimates contained in this release reflect recently revised data for 1998. These estimates are not comparable with previously issued data for 1998. Historical data for 1998 and prior years will be issued shortly.