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Local Jobless Rates Remain Low, Michigan Jobs Commission Reports

Wednesday, June 24, 1998

Jim Tobin
(517) 335-4590

Labor Force and Employment Increase in Most Areas All but two of the 10 of the major labor market areas showed increases in labor force and employment levels. Ann Arbor had a slight drop in labor force, while Lansing's labor force was unchanged. Both areas also recorded reductions in the level of employment. The lack of labor force and employment growth in Ann Arbor and Lansing was related to the seasonal exodus of students from area universities. May Brings Gains in Most Industry Areas According to the monthly survey of employers, the seasonally unadjusted industry job levels rose in most major labor market areas. "Construction continues to lead the way with job growth in most areas of the state," said Rothwell. "With the nice weather and summer tourism beginning, we are also seeing more jobs being created in recreational services, hotels, transportation, and other related areas. Manufacturing held steady during the month, as well," he said. A breakdown of seasonally unadjusted May workforce estimates for Michigan and its 10 major labor markets follows, along with a listing of county jobless rates for April.


May1998April1998May1997
ANN ARBOR MSA(Washtenaw, Lenawee and Livingston counties)
Civilian Labor Force292,500292,800288,000
Total Employment287,000287,300281,800
Unemployment5,6005,5006,300
Rate1.91.92.2
Contact: George Mechem, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(517) 241-7286
May1998April1998May1997
BENTON HARBOR MSA(Berrien County)
Civilian Labor Force83,80082,00084,500
Total Employment80,20078,60080,200
Unemployment3,6003,4004,200
Rate4.34.15.0
Contact: Joe Billig, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(616) 782-9755
May1998April1998May1997
DETROIT MSA(Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Lapeer and St. Claircounties)
Civilian Labor Force2,267,0002,235,0002,238,000
Total Employment2,197,0002,166,0002,160,000
Unemployment70,00068,00078,000
Rate3.13.13.5
Contact: Bruce Weaver, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(313) 876-5981
May1998April1998May1997
FLINT MSA(Genesee County)
Civilian Labor Force205,700202,300204,800
Total Employment196,600193,300194,000
Unemployment9,1009,00010,800
Rate4.44.45.3
Contact: Sandy St. Cyr, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(517) 776-1508
May1998April1998May1997
GRAND RAPIDS - MUSKEGON - HOLLAND MSA(Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan counties)
Civilian Labor Force595,600585,200585,400
Total Employment579,900570,000567,400
Unemployment15,80015,20018,000
Rate2.62.63.1
Contact: Yishai Castro, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(313) 876-5427
May1998April1998May1997
JACKSON MSA(Jackson County)
Civilian Labor Force77,60075,90077,100
Total Employment75,00073,40073,900
Unemployment2,6002,5003,200
Rate3.33.34.1
Contact: Joe Billig, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(517) 782-9755
May1998April1998May1997
KALAMAZOO - BATTLE CREEK MSA(Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Van Buren counties)
Civilian Labor Force230,300228,400230,000
Total Employment223,200221,400221,700
Unemployment7,1007,0008,300
Rate3.13.03.6
Contact: Joe Billig, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(517) 782-9755
May1998April1998May1997
LANSING MSA(Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties)
Civilian Labor Force242,600242,600246,100
Total Employment235,700236,800239,600
Unemployment6,9005,8006,500
Rate2.82.42.6
Contact: George Mechem, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(517) 241-7286
May1998April1998May1997
SAGINAW - BAY - MIDLAND MSA(Saginaw, Bay, and Midland counties)
Civilian Labor Force202,900198,900201,600
Total Employment195,200190,800193,400
Unemployment7,7008,1008,200
Rate3.84.14.1
Contact: Sandy St. Cyr, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(517) 776-1508
May1998April1998May1997
UPPER PENINSULA LMA(15 counties)
Civilian Labor Force153,900150,200155,700
Total Employment144,800138,900144,800
Unemployment9,10011,30010,900
Rate5.97.57.0
Contact: Kathy Salow, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(906) 226-3669
May1998April1998May1997
MICHIGAN
Civilian Labor Force5,048,0004,964,0004,998,000
Total Employment4,879,0004,794,0004,807,000
Unemployment169,000170,000190,000
Rate3.33.43.8
Contact: Bruce Weaver, MJC/ESA Area Analyst(313) 876-5981
Michigan counties ranked by unemployment rate - May 1998
1. MONTMORENCY COUNTY 10.52. GOGEBIC COUNTY 9.33. SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY 9.24. ONTONAGON COUNTY 8.95. WEXFORD COUNTY 8.66. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY 8.27. CHIPPEWA COUNTY 7.78. OSCODA COUNTY 7.59. LUCE COUNTY 7.510. NEWAYGO COUNTY 7.311. LAKE COUNTY 7.112. GLADWIN COUNTY 7.013. EMMET COUNTY 7.014. KEWEENAW COUNTY 6.815. ALPENA COUNTY 6.716. CLARE COUNTY 6.717. BARAGA COUNTY 6.718. OCEANA COUNTY 6.619. IOSCO COUNTY 6.520. OGEMAW COUNTY 6.421. ROSCOMMON COUNTY 6.322. KALKASKA COUNTY 6.123. ARENAC COUNTY 5.924. DELTA COUNTY 5.825. IRON COUNTY 5.826. MANISTEE COUNTY 5.827. ALCONA COUNTY 5.728. ALGER COUNTY 5.629. MASON COUNTY 5.630. CRAWFORD COUNTY 5.431. HOUGHTON COUNTY 5.332. ANTRIM COUNTY 5.233. MENOMINEE COUNTY 5.234. OSCEOLA COUNTY 5.235. MARQUETTE COUNTY 5.136. BENZIE COUNTY 4.937. MISSAUKEE COUNTY 4.838. GRATIOT COUNTY 4.739. DICKINSON COUNTY 4.740. GENESEE COUNTY 4.441. MONTCALM COUNTY 4.442. BERRIEN COUNTY 4.343. OTSEGO COUNTY 4.244. SHIAWASSEE COUNTY 4.245. BAY COUNTY 4.146. TUSCOLA COUNTY 4.147. CHEBOYGAN COUNTY 4.148. IONIA COUNTY 4.049. SAGINAW COUNTY 4.050. MUSKEGON COUNTY 4.051. CHARLEVOIX COUNTY 3.952. SANILAC COUNTY 3.853. CALHOUN COUNTY 3.754. ST. CLAIR COUNTY 3.755. WAYNE COUNTY 3.756. GRAND TRAVERSE CNTY 3.557. JACKSON COUNTY 3.358. BRANCH COUNTY 3.359. CASS COUNTY 3.360. VAN BUREN COUNTY 3.361. MONROE COUNTY 3.262. LAPEER COUNTY 3.263. MACKINAC COUNTY 3.164. MECOSTA COUNTY 3.165. ISABELLA COUNTY 3.066. HURON COUNTY 2.967. INGHAM COUNTY 2.968. CLINTON COUNTY 2.969. HILLSDALE COUNTY 2.970. MACOMB COUNTY 2.871. LENAWEE COUNTY 2.872. LEELANAU COUNTY 2.873. MIDLAND COUNTY 2.874. ST. JOSEPH COUNTY 2.775. KALAMAZOO COUNTY 2.776. EATON COUNTY 2.677. BARRY COUNTY 2.678. KENT COUNTY 2.579. ALLEGAN COUNTY 2.480. OAKLAND COUNTY 2.281. OTTAWA COUNTY 2.182. LIVINGSTON COUNTY 1.983. WASHTENAW COUNTY 1.7