Michigan's March Jobless Rates Decrease Slightly in Seven Areas, Reports Michigan Department of Career Development

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Michigan Department of Career Development

    LANSING, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- March seasonally unadjusted
 unemployment rates decreased slightly in seven of the state's 12 major labor
 market areas, Dr. Barbara Bolin, director of the Michigan Department of Career
 Development, announced today.  Jobless rates increased in two areas, and the
 rates were unchanged in the remaining three areas.  Employment levels
 increased in all 12 areas in March, while labor force levels expanded in 11
 areas.
     "There was very little change in most areas' unemployment rates in March,"
 Dr. Bolin said.  "Seasonal job gains in construction, retail trade, and
 services offset weakness within the manufacturing sectors in the majority of
 the state's labor market areas."
     Unemployment rate declines in seven areas over the month ranged from 0.1
 to 0.5 percentage points.  Marginal jobless rate increases were recorded in
 the Saginaw-Bay-Midland and Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).
 Rates were unchanged in the Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Grand Rapids-Muskegon-
 Holland MSAs.  The Ann Arbor MSA had the lowest March jobless rate at 2.8
 percent, and the Northeast Lower Michigan Region recorded the highest rate at
 12.7 percent.
 
     Jobless Rates Up Over Year
     From March 2000 to March 2001, unemployment rates increased in all 12
 major labor market areas.  Increases ranged from 0.5 to 2.1 percentage points,
 with a median gain of 1.5 percentage points.  Nine areas recorded significant
 increases of 1.2 percentage points or greater.
 
     Employment Up Slightly In All Areas
     Over the month, employment levels increased in all 12 areas.  Increases
 were marginal and ranged from 0.1 to 1.1 percent.  The two largest percentage
 gains in employment were displayed in the Northwest and Northeast Lower
 Michigan regions, up 1.1 and 0.8 percent, respectively.
 
     Employment Mixed, Labor Force Up Over Year
     From March 2000 to March 2001, employment levels increased slightly in
 seven areas and fell in five areas.  The largest gains were registered in the
 Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland MSA (+0.7%), and the Lansing MSA (+0.5%).  Other
 increases were marginal.  The largest employment decreases were recorded in
 the Northeast and Northwest Lower Michigan regions, declining 2.2 percent and
 1.4 percent, respectively.  Both the Detroit and Flint MSAs declined 0.7
 percent.
     Over the year, labor force levels increased in all 12 major labor market
 areas.
 
     Payroll Jobs Increase
     The monthly survey of employers indicated that seasonally unadjusted
 payroll jobs in Michigan increased in March by 14,000 to total 4,649,000.  A
 decrease in manufacturing (-3,000) was offset by gains in services (+6,000),
 retail trade (+4,000), government (+4,000), and construction (+3,000).
     The decline in manufacturing was primarily in the Detroit, Grand Rapids-
 Muskegon-Holland, and Saginaw-Bay-Midland MSAs as fluctuations continued in
 the levels of workers on temporary layoff.  The Northwest Lower Michigan
 Region recorded a 2.0 percent increase in manufacturing due to recalls from
 temporary layoffs in transportation equipment.
     The increases in construction, retail trade, and services were seasonal
 and occurred in the majority of Michigan's major labor market areas.
 
     County Jobless Rates Mixed Over Month, Up Over Year
     Forty-five of Michigan's 83 counties recorded unemployment rate decreases
 in March.  Declines ranged from 0.1 to 3.4 percentage points, with a median
 decrease of only 0.3 percentage points.  Twenty-seven counties displayed
 jobless rate increases over the month.  Increases were marginal with a median
 gain of 0.3 percentage points.  Rates for 11 counties were unchanged over the
 month.
     Of the 24 counties with rates above 10.0 percent, 19 were located in the
 Northeast and Northwest Lower Michigan regions and the Upper Peninsula.
     Over the year, 76 counties registered unemployment rate increases.  The
 median increase was 1.7 percentage points.  Six counties recorded a decline,
 while the rate for one county was unchanged.
 
     A breakdown of seasonally unadjusted March workforce estimates for
 Michigan and its 12 major labor market areas follows, along with a listing of
 county jobless rates.
     The Michigan Department of Career Development helps workers find jobs and
 employers recruit and train skilled workers.  To this end, the state's new
 career and training development agency is working with K-12 schools, community
 colleges and local Workforce Development Boards toward the establishment of a
 comprehensive career development system.  For more information, visit the
 Michigan Department of Career Development's Web site at www.MDCD.org .
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     ANN ARBOR MSA                                           month    year
     (Washtenaw, Lenawee, Livingston Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    310,700    312,600    313,300    0.2%    0.8%
     Total Employment        304,200    303,800    304,400    0.2%    0.1%
     Unemployment              6,500      8,900      8,900    0.0%    36.9%
     Rate (percent)              2.1        2.8        2.8
 
     Contact: Joe Billig, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-241-8520
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     BENTON HARBOR MSA                                       month     year
     (Berrien County)
     Civilian Labor Force     83,700     85,000     85,200    0.2%     1.8%
     Total Employment         80,400     80,100     80,600    0.6%     0.2%
     Unemployment              3,300      5,000      4,600   -8.0%    39.4%
     Rate (percent)              3.9        5.8        5.4
 
     Contact: Leonidas Murembya, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-841-5634
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     DETROIT MSA (Data in thousands)                         month     year
     (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe,
      Lapeer, St. Clair Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force      2,326      2,343      2,344    0.0%     0.8%
     Total Employment          2,252      2,235      2,237    0.1%    -0.7%
     Unemployment                 75        107        108    0.9%    44.0%
     Rate (percent)              3.2        4.6        4.6
 
     Contact: Bruce Weaver, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 313-876-5978
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     FLINT MSA                                               month     year
     (Genesee County)
     Civilian Labor Force    191,100    193,100    193,200    0.1%     1.1%
     Total Employment        180,800    179,200    179,500    0.2%    -0.7%
     Unemployment             10,300     13,900     13,700   -1.4%    33.0%
     Rate (percent)              5.4        7.2        7.1
 
     Contact: Sandy St. Cyr, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-776-1508
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     GRAND RAPIDS - MUSKEGON - HOLLAND MSA                   month     year
     (Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon
      and Allegan Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    618,700    631,900    632,500    0.1%     2.2%
     Total Employment        599,500    603,400    603,800    0.1%     0.7%
     Unemployment             19,200     28,500     28,600    0.4%    49.0%
     Rate (percent)              3.1        4.5        4.5
 
     Contact: David Waterstradt, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 616-393-7219
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     JACKSON MSA                                             month     year
     (Jackson County)
     Civilian Labor Force     78,400     79,700     80,000    0.4%     2.0%
     Total Employment         75,800     75,900     76,000    0.1%     0.3%
     Unemployment              2,600      3,800      3,900    2.6%    50.0%
     Rate (percent)              3.4        4.8        4.9
 
     Contact: Leonidas Murembya, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-841-5634
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     KALAMAZOO - BATTLE CREEK MSA                             month   year
     (Kalamazoo, Calhoun and
      Van Buren counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    236,600    239,400    240,300    0.4%     1.6%
     Total Employment        228,300    227,700    229,000    0.6%     0.3%
     Unemployment              8,400     11,600     11,300   -2.6%    34.5%
     Rate (percent)              3.5        4.9        4.7
 
     Contact: Leonidas Murembya, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-841-5634
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     LANSING MSA                                             month     year
     (Clinton, Eaton, and
      Ingham Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    247,700    249,900    251,000    0.4%     1.3%
     Total Employment        241,200    241,300    242,400    0.5%     0.5%
     Unemployment              6,500      8,600      8,600    0.0%    32.3%
     Rate (percent)              2.6        3.5        3.4
 
     Contact: Joe Billig, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-241-8520
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     SAGINAW - BAY - MIDLAND MSA                             month     year
     (Saginaw, Bay, Midland Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    200,100    202,000    203,000    0.5%     1.4%
     Total Employment        191,100    190,400    190,900    0.3%    -0.1%
     Unemployment              9,000     11,600     12,100    4.3%    34.4%
     Rate (percent)              4.5        5.7        6.0
 
     Contact: Sandy St. Cyr, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-776-1508
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     UPPER PENINSULA LMA                                     month     year
     (15 Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    154,500    155,500    155,500    0.0%     0.6%
     Total Employment        142,300    142,200    142,400    0.1%     0.1%
     Unemployment             12,100     13,200     13,100   -0.8%     8.3%
     Rate (percent)              7.9        8.5        8.4
 
     Contact: Kathy Salow, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 906-226-3669
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN                                month     year
     (Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford,
      Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda,
      Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force     95,225     94,675     95,300    0.7%     0.1%
     Total Employment         85,075     82,500     83,175    0.8%    -2.2%
     Unemployment             10,125     12,175     12,125   -0.4%    19.8%
     Rate (percent)             10.6       12.9       12.7
 
     Contact: Dan Lopez, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 231-922-3718
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN                                month     year
     (Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Benzie,
      Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau,
      Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    148,650    148,825    149,600    0.5%     0.6%
     Total Employment        139,075    135,675    137,150    1.1%    -1.4%
     Unemployment              9,575     13,175     12,450   -5.5%    30.0%
     Rate (percent)              6.4        8.8        8.3
 
     Contact: Dan Lopez, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 231-922-3718
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     MICHIGAN                                                month     year
     (Data in thousands)
     Civilian Labor Force      5,154      5,202      5,215    0.2%     1.2%
     Total Employment          4,959      4,931      4,945    0.3%    -0.3%
     Unemployment                195        271        271    0.0%    39.0%
     Rate (percent)              3.8        5.2        5.2
 
     Contact: Bruce Weaver, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 313-876-5978
 
             MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE - MARCH 2001
 
     1   WASHTENAW COUNTY     2.0        43  ALGER COUNTY         7.3
     2   CLINTON COUNTY       3.1        44  HOUGHTON COUNTY      7.5
     3   LIVINGSTON COUNTY    3.1        45  OTSEGO COUNTY        7.5
     4   EATON COUNTY         3.3        46  CHARLEVOIX COUNTY    8.2
     5   OAKLAND COUNTY       3.3        47  CRAWFORD COUNTY      8.3
     6   INGHAM COUNTY        3.6        48  HURON COUNTY         8.4
     7   OTTAWA COUNTY        3.7        49  ANTRIM COUNTY        8.7
     8   KALAMAZOO COUNTY     3.9        50  NEWAYGO COUNTY       8.7
     9   ISABELLA COUNTY      4.3        51  IRON COUNTY          8.8
     10  KENT COUNTY          4.4        52  TUSCOLA COUNTY       8.9
     11  MIDLAND COUNTY       4.4        53  DELTA COUNTY         9.2
     12  MONROE COUNTY        4.6        54  OSCEOLA COUNTY       9.2
     13  ALLEGAN COUNTY       4.6        55  MANISTEE COUNTY      9.2
     14  MACOMB COUNTY        4.6        56  LUCE COUNTY          9.3
     15  BARRY COUNTY         4.7        57  EMMET COUNTY         9.7
     16  CASS COUNTY          4.9        58  BARAGA COUNTY        9.8
     17  LEELANAU COUNTY      4.9        59  SANILAC COUNTY       9.9
     18  JACKSON COUNTY       4.9        60  BENZIE COUNTY       10.1
     19  WAYNE COUNTY         5.2        61  CHIPPEWA COUNTY     10.1
     20  CALHOUN COUNTY       5.2        62  MISSAUKEE COUNTY    10.3
     21  BERRIEN COUNTY       5.4        63  GLADWIN COUNTY      10.6
     22  LENAWEE COUNTY       5.4        64  KALKASKA COUNTY     10.6
     23  BRANCH COUNTY        5.6        65  CLARE COUNTY        10.6
     24  DICKINSON COUNTY     5.7        66  ONTONAGON COUNTY    10.7
     25  GRATIOT COUNTY       5.7        67  ROSCOMMON COUNTY    10.9
     26  SHIAWASSEE COUNTY    5.8        68  LAKE COUNTY         10.9
     27  ST JOSEPH COUNTY     5.9        69  OCEANA COUNTY       11.2
     28  IONIA COUNTY         6.0        70  WEXFORD COUNTY      11.2
     29  LAPEER COUNTY        6.3        71  ALPENA COUNTY       11.3
     30  VAN BUREN COUNTY     6.3        72  OGEMAW COUNTY       11.3
     31  GRAND TRAVERSE
          COUNTY              6.3        73  ARENAC COUNTY       11.6
     32  SAGINAW COUNTY       6.3        74  MASON COUNTY        12.0
     33  MENOMINEE COUNTY     6.5        75  ALCONA COUNTY       12.7
     34  MUSKEGON COUNTY      6.5        76  IOSCO COUNTY        13.0
     35  BAY COUNTY           6.5        77  KEWEENAW COUNTY     13.1
     36  MARQUETTE COUNTY     6.6        78  SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY  13.6
     37  MECOSTA COUNTY       6.6        79  OSCODA COUNTY       14.3
     38  HILLSDALE COUNTY     6.6        80  PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY 17.0
     39  GOGEBIC COUNTY       6.9        81  MONTMORENCY COUNTY  18.5
     40  MONTCALM COUNTY      7.0        82  CHEBOYGAN COUNTY    20.3
     41  GENESEE COUNTY       7.1        83  MACKINAC COUNTY     21.0
     42  ST. CLAIR COUNTY     7.2
 
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SOURCE Michigan Department of Career Development
    LANSING, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- March seasonally unadjusted
 unemployment rates decreased slightly in seven of the state's 12 major labor
 market areas, Dr. Barbara Bolin, director of the Michigan Department of Career
 Development, announced today.  Jobless rates increased in two areas, and the
 rates were unchanged in the remaining three areas.  Employment levels
 increased in all 12 areas in March, while labor force levels expanded in 11
 areas.
     "There was very little change in most areas' unemployment rates in March,"
 Dr. Bolin said.  "Seasonal job gains in construction, retail trade, and
 services offset weakness within the manufacturing sectors in the majority of
 the state's labor market areas."
     Unemployment rate declines in seven areas over the month ranged from 0.1
 to 0.5 percentage points.  Marginal jobless rate increases were recorded in
 the Saginaw-Bay-Midland and Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).
 Rates were unchanged in the Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Grand Rapids-Muskegon-
 Holland MSAs.  The Ann Arbor MSA had the lowest March jobless rate at 2.8
 percent, and the Northeast Lower Michigan Region recorded the highest rate at
 12.7 percent.
 
     Jobless Rates Up Over Year
     From March 2000 to March 2001, unemployment rates increased in all 12
 major labor market areas.  Increases ranged from 0.5 to 2.1 percentage points,
 with a median gain of 1.5 percentage points.  Nine areas recorded significant
 increases of 1.2 percentage points or greater.
 
     Employment Up Slightly In All Areas
     Over the month, employment levels increased in all 12 areas.  Increases
 were marginal and ranged from 0.1 to 1.1 percent.  The two largest percentage
 gains in employment were displayed in the Northwest and Northeast Lower
 Michigan regions, up 1.1 and 0.8 percent, respectively.
 
     Employment Mixed, Labor Force Up Over Year
     From March 2000 to March 2001, employment levels increased slightly in
 seven areas and fell in five areas.  The largest gains were registered in the
 Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland MSA (+0.7%), and the Lansing MSA (+0.5%).  Other
 increases were marginal.  The largest employment decreases were recorded in
 the Northeast and Northwest Lower Michigan regions, declining 2.2 percent and
 1.4 percent, respectively.  Both the Detroit and Flint MSAs declined 0.7
 percent.
     Over the year, labor force levels increased in all 12 major labor market
 areas.
 
     Payroll Jobs Increase
     The monthly survey of employers indicated that seasonally unadjusted
 payroll jobs in Michigan increased in March by 14,000 to total 4,649,000.  A
 decrease in manufacturing (-3,000) was offset by gains in services (+6,000),
 retail trade (+4,000), government (+4,000), and construction (+3,000).
     The decline in manufacturing was primarily in the Detroit, Grand Rapids-
 Muskegon-Holland, and Saginaw-Bay-Midland MSAs as fluctuations continued in
 the levels of workers on temporary layoff.  The Northwest Lower Michigan
 Region recorded a 2.0 percent increase in manufacturing due to recalls from
 temporary layoffs in transportation equipment.
     The increases in construction, retail trade, and services were seasonal
 and occurred in the majority of Michigan's major labor market areas.
 
     County Jobless Rates Mixed Over Month, Up Over Year
     Forty-five of Michigan's 83 counties recorded unemployment rate decreases
 in March.  Declines ranged from 0.1 to 3.4 percentage points, with a median
 decrease of only 0.3 percentage points.  Twenty-seven counties displayed
 jobless rate increases over the month.  Increases were marginal with a median
 gain of 0.3 percentage points.  Rates for 11 counties were unchanged over the
 month.
     Of the 24 counties with rates above 10.0 percent, 19 were located in the
 Northeast and Northwest Lower Michigan regions and the Upper Peninsula.
     Over the year, 76 counties registered unemployment rate increases.  The
 median increase was 1.7 percentage points.  Six counties recorded a decline,
 while the rate for one county was unchanged.
 
     A breakdown of seasonally unadjusted March workforce estimates for
 Michigan and its 12 major labor market areas follows, along with a listing of
 county jobless rates.
     The Michigan Department of Career Development helps workers find jobs and
 employers recruit and train skilled workers.  To this end, the state's new
 career and training development agency is working with K-12 schools, community
 colleges and local Workforce Development Boards toward the establishment of a
 comprehensive career development system.  For more information, visit the
 Michigan Department of Career Development's Web site at www.MDCD.org .
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     ANN ARBOR MSA                                           month    year
     (Washtenaw, Lenawee, Livingston Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    310,700    312,600    313,300    0.2%    0.8%
     Total Employment        304,200    303,800    304,400    0.2%    0.1%
     Unemployment              6,500      8,900      8,900    0.0%    36.9%
     Rate (percent)              2.1        2.8        2.8
 
     Contact: Joe Billig, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-241-8520
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     BENTON HARBOR MSA                                       month     year
     (Berrien County)
     Civilian Labor Force     83,700     85,000     85,200    0.2%     1.8%
     Total Employment         80,400     80,100     80,600    0.6%     0.2%
     Unemployment              3,300      5,000      4,600   -8.0%    39.4%
     Rate (percent)              3.9        5.8        5.4
 
     Contact: Leonidas Murembya, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-841-5634
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     DETROIT MSA (Data in thousands)                         month     year
     (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe,
      Lapeer, St. Clair Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force      2,326      2,343      2,344    0.0%     0.8%
     Total Employment          2,252      2,235      2,237    0.1%    -0.7%
     Unemployment                 75        107        108    0.9%    44.0%
     Rate (percent)              3.2        4.6        4.6
 
     Contact: Bruce Weaver, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 313-876-5978
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     FLINT MSA                                               month     year
     (Genesee County)
     Civilian Labor Force    191,100    193,100    193,200    0.1%     1.1%
     Total Employment        180,800    179,200    179,500    0.2%    -0.7%
     Unemployment             10,300     13,900     13,700   -1.4%    33.0%
     Rate (percent)              5.4        7.2        7.1
 
     Contact: Sandy St. Cyr, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-776-1508
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     GRAND RAPIDS - MUSKEGON - HOLLAND MSA                   month     year
     (Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon
      and Allegan Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    618,700    631,900    632,500    0.1%     2.2%
     Total Employment        599,500    603,400    603,800    0.1%     0.7%
     Unemployment             19,200     28,500     28,600    0.4%    49.0%
     Rate (percent)              3.1        4.5        4.5
 
     Contact: David Waterstradt, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 616-393-7219
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     JACKSON MSA                                             month     year
     (Jackson County)
     Civilian Labor Force     78,400     79,700     80,000    0.4%     2.0%
     Total Employment         75,800     75,900     76,000    0.1%     0.3%
     Unemployment              2,600      3,800      3,900    2.6%    50.0%
     Rate (percent)              3.4        4.8        4.9
 
     Contact: Leonidas Murembya, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-841-5634
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     KALAMAZOO - BATTLE CREEK MSA                             month   year
     (Kalamazoo, Calhoun and
      Van Buren counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    236,600    239,400    240,300    0.4%     1.6%
     Total Employment        228,300    227,700    229,000    0.6%     0.3%
     Unemployment              8,400     11,600     11,300   -2.6%    34.5%
     Rate (percent)              3.5        4.9        4.7
 
     Contact: Leonidas Murembya, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-841-5634
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     LANSING MSA                                             month     year
     (Clinton, Eaton, and
      Ingham Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    247,700    249,900    251,000    0.4%     1.3%
     Total Employment        241,200    241,300    242,400    0.5%     0.5%
     Unemployment              6,500      8,600      8,600    0.0%    32.3%
     Rate (percent)              2.6        3.5        3.4
 
     Contact: Joe Billig, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-241-8520
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     SAGINAW - BAY - MIDLAND MSA                             month     year
     (Saginaw, Bay, Midland Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    200,100    202,000    203,000    0.5%     1.4%
     Total Employment        191,100    190,400    190,900    0.3%    -0.1%
     Unemployment              9,000     11,600     12,100    4.3%    34.4%
     Rate (percent)              4.5        5.7        6.0
 
     Contact: Sandy St. Cyr, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 517-776-1508
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     UPPER PENINSULA LMA                                     month     year
     (15 Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    154,500    155,500    155,500    0.0%     0.6%
     Total Employment        142,300    142,200    142,400    0.1%     0.1%
     Unemployment             12,100     13,200     13,100   -0.8%     8.3%
     Rate (percent)              7.9        8.5        8.4
 
     Contact: Kathy Salow, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 906-226-3669
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     NORTHEAST LOWER MICHIGAN                                month     year
     (Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford,
      Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda,
      Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon Counties)
     Civilian Labor Force     95,225     94,675     95,300    0.7%     0.1%
     Total Employment         85,075     82,500     83,175    0.8%    -2.2%
     Unemployment             10,125     12,175     12,125   -0.4%    19.8%
     Rate (percent)             10.6       12.9       12.7
 
     Contact: Dan Lopez, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 231-922-3718
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN                                month     year
     (Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Benzie,
      Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau,
      Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford counties)
     Civilian Labor Force    148,650    148,825    149,600    0.5%     0.6%
     Total Employment        139,075    135,675    137,150    1.1%    -1.4%
     Unemployment              9,575     13,175     12,450   -5.5%    30.0%
     Rate (percent)              6.4        8.8        8.3
 
     Contact: Dan Lopez, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 231-922-3718
 
                             Mar-00     Feb-01     Mar-01  % change % change
     MICHIGAN                                                month     year
     (Data in thousands)
     Civilian Labor Force      5,154      5,202      5,215    0.2%     1.2%
     Total Employment          4,959      4,931      4,945    0.3%    -0.3%
     Unemployment                195        271        271    0.0%    39.0%
     Rate (percent)              3.8        5.2        5.2
 
     Contact: Bruce Weaver, MDCD/ESA Area Analyst, 313-876-5978
 
             MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE - MARCH 2001
 
     1   WASHTENAW COUNTY     2.0        43  ALGER COUNTY         7.3
     2   CLINTON COUNTY       3.1        44  HOUGHTON COUNTY      7.5
     3   LIVINGSTON COUNTY    3.1        45  OTSEGO COUNTY        7.5
     4   EATON COUNTY         3.3        46  CHARLEVOIX COUNTY    8.2
     5   OAKLAND COUNTY       3.3        47  CRAWFORD COUNTY      8.3
     6   INGHAM COUNTY        3.6        48  HURON COUNTY         8.4
     7   OTTAWA COUNTY        3.7        49  ANTRIM COUNTY        8.7
     8   KALAMAZOO COUNTY     3.9        50  NEWAYGO COUNTY       8.7
     9   ISABELLA COUNTY      4.3        51  IRON COUNTY          8.8
     10  KENT COUNTY          4.4        52  TUSCOLA COUNTY       8.9
     11  MIDLAND COUNTY       4.4        53  DELTA COUNTY         9.2
     12  MONROE COUNTY        4.6        54  OSCEOLA COUNTY       9.2
     13  ALLEGAN COUNTY       4.6        55  MANISTEE COUNTY      9.2
     14  MACOMB COUNTY        4.6        56  LUCE COUNTY          9.3
     15  BARRY COUNTY         4.7        57  EMMET COUNTY         9.7
     16  CASS COUNTY          4.9        58  BARAGA COUNTY        9.8
     17  LEELANAU COUNTY      4.9        59  SANILAC COUNTY       9.9
     18  JACKSON COUNTY       4.9        60  BENZIE COUNTY       10.1
     19  WAYNE COUNTY         5.2        61  CHIPPEWA COUNTY     10.1
     20  CALHOUN COUNTY       5.2        62  MISSAUKEE COUNTY    10.3
     21  BERRIEN COUNTY       5.4        63  GLADWIN COUNTY      10.6
     22  LENAWEE COUNTY       5.4        64  KALKASKA COUNTY     10.6
     23  BRANCH COUNTY        5.6        65  CLARE COUNTY        10.6
     24  DICKINSON COUNTY     5.7        66  ONTONAGON COUNTY    10.7
     25  GRATIOT COUNTY       5.7        67  ROSCOMMON COUNTY    10.9
     26  SHIAWASSEE COUNTY    5.8        68  LAKE COUNTY         10.9
     27  ST JOSEPH COUNTY     5.9        69  OCEANA COUNTY       11.2
     28  IONIA COUNTY         6.0        70  WEXFORD COUNTY      11.2
     29  LAPEER COUNTY        6.3        71  ALPENA COUNTY       11.3
     30  VAN BUREN COUNTY     6.3        72  OGEMAW COUNTY       11.3
     31  GRAND TRAVERSE
          COUNTY              6.3        73  ARENAC COUNTY       11.6
     32  SAGINAW COUNTY       6.3        74  MASON COUNTY        12.0
     33  MENOMINEE COUNTY     6.5        75  ALCONA COUNTY       12.7
     34  MUSKEGON COUNTY      6.5        76  IOSCO COUNTY        13.0
     35  BAY COUNTY           6.5        77  KEWEENAW COUNTY     13.1
     36  MARQUETTE COUNTY     6.6        78  SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY  13.6
     37  MECOSTA COUNTY       6.6        79  OSCODA COUNTY       14.3
     38  HILLSDALE COUNTY     6.6        80  PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY 17.0
     39  GOGEBIC COUNTY       6.9        81  MONTMORENCY COUNTY  18.5
     40  MONTCALM COUNTY      7.0        82  CHEBOYGAN COUNTY    20.3
     41  GENESEE COUNTY       7.1        83  MACKINAC COUNTY     21.0
     42  ST. CLAIR COUNTY     7.2
 
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 SOURCE  Michigan Department of Career Development