Wednesday, December 23, 1998
Labor Force & Employment Increase Labor force levels increased in all areas except the UP in November. Employment levels also increased in eight major areas, but declined in the UP and the Saginaw-Bay-Midland MSA. Payroll Jobs Register Small Increase According to the monthly survey of employers, the number of payroll jobs in Michigan increased slightly in November by 6,000, or 0.1 percent, to total 4,616,000. Retail jobs increased by 11,000 and most of that growth occurred in department stores. Local government jobs increased by 6,000. Construction employment was down in most areas, and wholesale trade and services also declined. The majority of the state's major labor areas recorded marginal gains in payroll employment. The UP and the Saginaw-Bay-Midland MSA, however, recorded monthly job losses. Most of the decline in employment in the UP was the result of seasonal changes and the loss of tourism-related jobs. Job reductions occurred in construction, transportation, retail and the service industry. "This is a typical 0ctober-November pattern in the UP," Rothwell said. The November job loss in the Saginaw-Bay-Midland MSA was not as substantial, with construction jobs declining by 300 and manufacturing jobs by 500. The decrease in manufacturing reflected seasonal cutbacks in the food processing industry. These reductions were offset by job gains in the retail sector.