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June Jobless Rates, Total Employment Rise in Most Major Areas, Michigan Jobs Commission Reports

Thursday, July 23, 1998

Jim Tobin
(517) 335-4590

Modest Unemployment Advance in Most Areas Other than the sharp strike-related jump in joblessness in Flint, most other major areas registered modest hikes in unemployment. The Detroit MSA jobless rate rose 0.6 percentage points to 3.7 percent, as strong labor force growth and scattered cutbacks in manufacturing offset job gains in construction and services. Joblessness rose by half a point in the Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids/Muskegon/Holland, and Kalamazoo/Battle Creek areas. Jackson (+0.4) and Ann Arbor (+0.1) also recorded slight gains in unemployment. The Saginaw-Bay-Midland MSA registered no change in its jobless rate in June, while Lansing and the Upper Peninsula recorded the only reductions in joblessness. Lansing's unemployment rate fell from 2.9 to 2.7 percent, as employment and unemployment dropped with the seasonal withdrawal of university students from the area labor force. The Upper Peninsula jobless rate also fell by 0.2 percentage points to 5.9 percent, due to seasonal job gains in construction, transportation, retail, and the hotel industry. Over the past year, unemployment rates have declined in all major areas with the exception of the Flint MSA. Labor Force and Employment Levels Advance With the influx of seasonal workers and students seeking summer employment, labor force and employment levels increased in the state's major labor areas. The only exceptions were the Benton Harbor MSA, with no change in employment, and Lansing which had a seasonal reduction in labor force and employment. Industry Jobs Register Seasonal Gains According to the monthly survey of employers, seasonally unadjusted industry employment edged upward in Michigan and in most major labor markets. Industry employment rose in June by a slight 7,000 jobs in Michigan; however in the private sector the gain was a more significant 31,000. The construction industry led the way, jumping by nearly 8,000 jobs or 4 percent. "Construction jobs rose in each major area of the state," said Rothwell. "Residential and commercial building activity remains strong throughout Michigan." Many areas also recorded job gains in the service industry, due to employment additions in the hotel industry, amusement and recreation services, and engineering services. These gains were partially offset by education-related reductions in jobs in state and local government. A breakdown of seasonally unadjusted June workforce estimates for Michigan and its 10 major labor markets follows, along with a listing of county jobless rates.

 June1998 May1998 June1997 
ANN ARBOR MSA(Washtenaw, Lenaweeand Livingston counties) 
Civilian Labor Force295,700294,400289,800
Total Employment289,700288,800282,300
Unemployment6,0005,5007,400
Rate2.01.92.6
Contact: GeorgeMechem, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 241-7286
 June1998 May1998 June1997 
BENTON HARBOR MSA(Berrien County) 
Civilian Labor Force84,20083,80085,700
Total Employment80,10080,10080,300
Unemployment4,1003,7005,400
Rate4.94.46.3
Contact: JoeBillig, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 782-9755
 June1998 May1998 June1997 
DETROIT MSA(Wayne, Oakland, Macomb,Monroe, Lapeer and St. Clair counties) 
Civilian Labor Force2,298,0002,267,0002,265,000
Total Employment2,213,0002,197,0002,173,000
Unemployment84,00070,00092,000
Rate3.73.14.1
Contact: BruceWeaver, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (313) 876-5981
 June1998 May1998 June1997 
FLINT MSA(Genesee County) 
Civilian Labor Force211,900205,600207,100
Total Employment197,200196,400195,000
Unemployment14,7009,20012,200
Rate6.94.55.9
Contact: SandySt. Cyr, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 776-1508
 June1998 May1998 June1997 
GRAND RAPIDS - MUSKEGON- HOLLAND MSA(Kent, Ottawa, Muskegonand Allegan counties) 
Civilian Labor Force604,800596,300591,400
Total Employment586,100580,600569,400
Unemployment18,70015,70021,900
Rate3.12.63.7
Contact: LeonidasMurembya, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (616) 760-1129
 June1998 May1998 June1997 
JACKSON MSA(Jackson County) 
Civilian Labor Force78,10077,50078,000
Total Employment75,30074,90074,100
Unemployment2,9002,6003,900
Rate3.73.35.0
Contact: JoeBillig, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 782-9755
 June1998 May1998 June1997 
KALAMAZOO - BATTLE CREEKMSA(Kalamazoo, Calhounand Van Buren counties) 
Civilian Labor Force231,500230,000234,500
Total Employment223,400223,000223,000
Unemployment8,0007,00011,500
Rate3.53.04.9
Contact: JoeBillig, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 782-9755
 June1998 May1998 June1997 
LANSING MSA(Clinton, Eaton, andIngham counties) 
Civilian Labor Force240,300242,600240,100
Total Employment233,800235,600232,800
Unemployment6,5006,9007,300
Rate2.72.93.0
Contact: GeorgeMechem, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 241-7286
 June1998 May1998 June1997 
SAGINAW - BAY - MIDLANDMSA(Saginaw, Bay, and Midlandcounties) 
Civilian Labor Force205,000203,000204,600
Total Employment197,100195,300195,400
Unemployment7,9007,7009,300
Rate3.83.84.5
Contact: SandySt. Cyr, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (517) 776-1508
 June1998 May1998 June1997 
UPPER PENINSULA LMA(15 counties) 
Civilian Labor Force157,700153,900159,900
Total Employment148,400144,500147,600
Unemployment9,4009,40012,300
Rate5.96.17.7
Contact: KathySalow, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (906) 226-3669
 June1998 May1998 June1997 
MICHIGAN 
Civilian Labor Force5,112,0005,049,0005,053,000
Total Employment4,917,0004,880,0004,831,000
Unemployment196,000169,000222,000
Rate3.83.34.4
Contact: BruceWeaver, MJC/ESA Area Analyst (313) 876-5981

Michigan counties ranked by unemployment rate - June 1998 

1 MONTMORENCY COUNTY 9.62 WEXFORD COUNTY 8.83 ONTONAGON COUNTY 8.84 SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY 8.65 GOGEBIC COUNTY 8.56 LAKE COUNTY 8.07 PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY 7.98 OSCEOLA COUNTY 7.69 CHIPPEWA COUNTY 7.410 LUCE COUNTY 7.411 OSCODA COUNTY 7.212 DELTA COUNTY 7.213 ALPENA COUNTY 7.014 CLARE COUNTY 6.915 GENESEE COUNTY 6.916 GLADWIN COUNTY 6.717 NEWAYGO COUNTY 6.718 OCEANA COUNTY 6.519 ROSCOMMON COUNTY 6.320 OGEMAW COUNTY 6.321 ARENAC COUNTY 6.122 IOSCO COUNTY 6.123 EMMET COUNTY 6.124 MANISTEE COUNTY 6.025 BARAGA COUNTY 5.926 KALKASKA COUNTY 5.827 IRON COUNTY 5.728 MENOMINEE COUNTY 5.629 CRAWFORD COUNTY 5.530 MASON COUNTY 5.531 MISSAUKEE COUNTY 5.432 ALGER COUNTY 5.333 SHIAWASSEE COUNTY 5.234 MARQUETTE COUNTY 5.135 HOUGHTON COUNTY 5.136 DICKINSON COUNTY 5.037 MONTCALM COUNTY 5.038 TUSCOLA COUNTY 4.939 ALCONA COUNTY 4.940 GRATIOT COUNTY 4.941 BERRIEN COUNTY 4.942 BENZIE COUNTY 4.843 ANTRIM COUNTY 4.844 LAPEER COUNTY 4.645 MUSKEGON COUNTY 4.646 KEWEENAW COUNTY 4.547 WAYNE COUNTY 4.448 BAY COUNTY 4.349 ST. CLAIR COUNTY 4.250 CHARLEVOIX COUNTY 4.251 SANILAC COUNTY 4.152 OTSEGO COUNTY 4.153 SAGINAW COUNTY 4.154 VAN BUREN COUNTY 4.055 IONIA COUNTY 4.056 CALHOUN COUNTY 3.957 MECOSTA COUNTY 3.858 BRANCH COUNTY 3.859 CASS COUNTY 3.760 JACKSON COUNTY 3.761 HILLSDALE COUNTY 3.562 GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY3.463 MACOMB COUNTY 3.364 MONROE COUNTY 3.265 HURON COUNTY 3.166 KALAMAZOO COUNTY 3.167 KENT COUNTY 3.068 ST JOSEPH COUNTY 3.069 BARRY COUNTY 3.070 INGHAM COUNTY 3.071 CHEBOYGAN COUNTY 2.972 OAKLAND COUNTY 2.973 ISABELLA COUNTY 2.874 ALLEGAN COUNTY 2.875 LENAWEE COUNTY 2.876 MIDLAND COUNTY 2.777 LEELANAU COUNTY 2.578 OTTAWA COUNTY 2.479 CLINTON COUNTY 2.480 MACKINAC COUNTY 2.281 EATON COUNTY 2.182 LIVINGSTON COUNTY 2.083 WASHTENAW COUNTY 1.8