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May 2018 Unemployment Rates Down

 

Lansing – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in May declined seasonally in 14 of the state’s 17 major labor market areas, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.  Total employment rose in all areas over the month, while workforce levels increased in most regions.

   
           
 

May-17

Apr-18

May-18

% change

% change

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

     

month

year

(15 counties)

         

Civilian Labor Force

136,700

138,200

137,800

-0.3%

0.8%

Total Employment

128,800

129,000

130,100

0.9%

1.0%

Unemployment

7,900

9,200

7,600

-17.4%

-3.8%

Rate (percent)

5.8

6.7

5.6

 

“As is typical for May, the primary labor market changes in May 2018 occurred in the state’s northern lower Michigan regions as hiring for the tourism season escalated,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.  “Since May 2017, employment has increased, and unemployment rates have fallen in the majority of Michigan’s local areas.”

May-17

Apr-18

May-18

% change

% change

MICHIGAN  (Data in thousands)

     

month

year

Civilian Labor Force

4,865

4,879

4,926

1.0%

1.3%

Total Employment

4,678

4,685

4,739

1.2%

1.3%

Unemployment

187

194

187

-3.6%

0.0%

Rate (percent)

3.8

4.0

3.8

 

During May, the jobless rate reductions in the 14 regions ranged from 0.1 to 2.1 percentage points with a median decline of 0.3 of a percentage point.  The largest rate drops by far were recorded in the state’s three northernmost areas which include the Northeast Lower Michigan region (-2.1), the Northwest Lower Michigan region (-1.2) and the Upper Peninsula (-1.1).  The next largest decreases of 0.5 of a percentage point were posted in both the Bay City and Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).  May jobless rates increased slightly in the Monroe (+0.3), Ann Arbor (+0.2) and Detroit-Warren-Dearborn (+0.1) MSAs.  In May, regional unemployment rates in Michigan ranged from 2.9 to 5.9 percent.  The May Michigan non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 3.8 percent, while the national unadjusted rate was 3.6 percent.

MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

                                                           MAY 2018

             

1

Ottawa County

2.7

 

43

Mecosta County

4.6

2

Livingston County

2.8

 

44

Muskegon County

4.6

3

Kent County

2.9

 

45

Saginaw County

4.6

4

Oakland County

2.9

 

46

Huron County

4.7

5

Clinton County

3.0

 

47

Alpena County

4.7

6

Washtenaw County

3.0

 

48

Bay County

4.7

7

Allegan County

3.1

 

49

Genesee County

4.7

8

Eaton County

3.2

 

50

Sanilac County

5.0

9

St. Joseph County

3.2

 

51

Marquette County

5.1

10

Barry County

3.3

 

52

Cheboygan County

5.2

11

Kalamazoo County

3.4

 

53

Gladwin County

5.2

12

Ionia County

3.4

 

54

Benzie County

5.3

13

Grand Traverse County

3.5

 

55

Otsego County

5.3

14

Ingham County

3.5

 

56

Kalkaska County

5.4

15

Macomb County

3.5

 

57

Antrim County

5.5

16

Branch County

3.6

 

58

Delta County

5.5

17

Dickinson County

3.8

 

59

Clare County

5.6

18

Cass County

3.8

 

60

Iron County

5.6

19

Lenawee County

3.8

 

61

Tuscola County

5.6

20

Hillsdale County

3.8

 

62

Houghton County

5.7

21

Isabella County

3.8

 

63

Emmet County

5.8

22

Jackson County

3.8

 

64

Manistee County

5.8

23

St. Clair County

3.9

 

65

Gogebic County

5.8

24

Midland County

3.9

 

66

Alcona County

6.0

25

Leelanau County

4.0

 

67

Crawford County

6.0

26

Montcalm County

4.0

 

68

Iosco County

6.0

27

Newaygo County

4.0

 

69

Oceana County

6.0

28

Shiawassee County

4.0

 

70

Oscoda County

6.1

29

Monroe County

4.0

 

71

Arenac County

6.4

30

Calhoun County

4.1

 

72

Ogemaw County

6.5

31

Lapeer County

4.2

 

73

Lake County

6.7

32

Menominee County

4.2

 

74

Presque Isle County

6.7

33

Gratiot County

4.2

 

75

Chippewa County

6.8

34

Berrien County

4.2

 

76

Luce County

6.9

35

Osceola County

4.3

 

77

Baraga County

7.0

36

Mason County

4.4

 

78

Roscommon County

7.3

37

Mackinac County

4.5

 

79

Schoolcraft County

7.3

38

Wexford County

4.5

 

80

Montmorency County

8.0

39

Wayne County

4.5

 

81

Keweenaw County

8.1

40

Charlevoix County

4.6

 

82

Alger County

8.4

41

Missaukee County

4.6

 

83

Ontonagon County

9.4

42

Van Buren County

4.6


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