January Unemployment Rates Increase

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Lansing – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in January rose in all of the state’s 17 major labor market areas, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.  Total employment and workforce levels fell seasonally in the majority of areas.

“Michigan’s regional labor force and job trends were very typical for January, as payroll jobs fell in many seasonal industry sectors with the onset of the winter months,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.  “Since January 2017, the majority of local labor markets recorded moderate jobless rate declines, while payroll jobs increased in most of the state’s metro areas.”

  
      
 

Jan-17

Dec-17

Jan-18

% change

% change

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

   

month

year

(15 counties)

     

Civilian Labor Force

137,300

137,300

136,700

-0.4%

-0.4%

Total Employment

125,800

127,700

126,100

-1.3%

0.2%

Unemployment

11,500

9,700

10,600

9.3%

-7.8%

Rate (percent)

8.3

7.0

7.7

During January, jobless rate increases throughout the state’s various major labor markets ranged from 0.5 to 1.4 percentage points with a median advance of 0.9 of a percentage point.  The most pronounced January rate jumps were recorded in the Northeast Lower Michigan region (+1.4), the Saginaw Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (+1.3), and the Bay City MSA (+1.3).  In January, regional unemployment rates in Michigan ranged from 3.6 to 10.6 percent.  The January Michigan non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 5.3 percent, while the national unadjusted rate was 4.5 percent.

 

Jan-17

Dec-17

Jan-18

% change

% change

MICHIGAN  (Data in thousands)

   

month

year

Civilian Labor Force

4,835

4,876

4,835

-0.8%

0.0%

Total Employment

4,560

4,659

4,580

-1.7%

0.4%

Unemployment

275

217

255

17.5%

-7.3%

Rate (percent)

5.7

4.4

5.3

Unemployment Rates Down Over Year

Since January 2017, jobless rates fell in eleven regions, increased slightly in the Lansing-East Lansing (+0.4), Monroe (+0.4), and Saginaw (+0.2) MSAs, and were unchanged in the Bay City, Flint and Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSAs.  Unemployment rate reductions ranged from 0.1 to 0.8 of a percentage point with a minor median decline of 0.3 of a percentage point.  The largest over-the-year reductions occurred in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MSA (-0.8), the Upper Peninsula (-0.6), and the Northwest Lower Michigan region (-0.4).

MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

                                                      JANUARY 2018

        

1

Washtenaw County

3.6

 

43

Mecosta County

6.8

 

2

Ottawa County

3.7

 

44

Bay County

6.8

 

3

Oakland County

3.8

 

45

Osceola County

6.9

 

4

Kent County

3.9

 

46

Lapeer County

7.1

 

5

Livingston County

4.0

 

47

Gratiot County

7.1

 

6

St. Joseph County

4.3

 

48

Otsego County

7.3

 

7

Kalamazoo County

4.4

 

49

Van Buren County

7.4

 

8

Clinton County

4.6

 

50

Mason County

7.4

 

9

Macomb County

4.6

 

51

Charlevoix County

7.5

 

10

Allegan County

4.7

 

52

Delta County

7.5

 

11

Barry County

4.9

 

53

Sanilac County

7.7

 

12

Ionia County

4.9

 

54

Missaukee County

7.8

 

13

Branch County

5.0

 

55

Luce County

7.9

 

14

Ingham County

5.1

 

56

Tuscola County

8.0

 

15

Isabella County

5.1

 

57

Baraga County

8.1

 

16

Dickinson County

5.2

 

58

Gladwin County

8.2

 

17

Eaton County

5.3

 

59

Iron County

8.2

 

18

Grand Traverse County

5.3

 

60

Benzie County

8.3

 

19

Hillsdale County

5.3

 

61

Crawford County

8.3

 

20

Monroe County

5.3

 

62

Keweenaw County

8.4

 

21

Cass County

5.4

 

63

Manistee County

8.4

 

22

Calhoun County

5.4

 

64

Antrim County

8.5

 

23

Jackson County

5.4

 

65

Clare County

8.7

 

24

Lenawee County

5.6

 

66

Kalkaska County

9.0

 

25

Menominee County

5.7

 

67

Emmet County

9.2

 

26

Midland County

5.7

 

68

Ontonagon County

9.2

 

27

Wayne County

5.8

 

69

Alcona County

9.4

 

28

Berrien County

5.8

 

70

Lake County

9.4

 

29

Montcalm County

5.9

 

71

Oscoda County

9.4

 

30

Gogebic County

5.9

 

72

Iosco County

9.5

 

31

Muskegon County

5.9

 

73

Oceana County

9.6

 

32

Newaygo County

6.0

 

74

Chippewa County

9.7

 

33

St. Clair County

6.0

 

75

Alger County

10.4

 

34

Houghton County

6.3

 

76

Ogemaw County

10.7

 

35

Wexford County

6.5

 

77

Arenac County

11.2

 

36

Huron County

6.6

 

78

Schoolcraft County

11.3

 

37

Leelanau County

6.6

 

79

Roscommon County

11.9

 

38

Genesee County

6.6

 

80

Presque Isle County

13.0

 

39

Saginaw County

6.6

 

81

Montmorency County

13.2

 

40

Marquette County

6.7

 

82

Cheboygan County

18.8

 

41

Shiawassee County

6.7

 

83

Mackinac County

21.6

 

42

Alpena County

6.8

     

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