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FEBRUARY JOBLESS RATES DOWN IN MOST MICHIGAN AREAS; LAYOFFS PUSH LANSING RATE UP

 DETROIT, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Unemployment rates fell in all but one of Michigan's 12 major labor market areas in February, according to seasonally unadjusted estimates compiled by the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC).
 MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said most areas followed the statewide trend in February with employment increases and unemployment declines.
 "There was a general pattern across the labor markets of employment gains in the personnel services sector as temporary-help agencies increased hiring and among private, state and local schools as employees returned to their jobs after the holiday break," Edwards explained.
 Seasonal employment declines occurred in the construction and retail trade sectors.
 The Lansing area was the only area to report a rise in unemployment, as its jobless rate jumped by more than two percentage points from January to February, climbing from 5.1 to 7.3 percent.
 "Production adjustment layoffs at local auto plants caused the increase in Lansing area unemployment," Edwards said.
 Among the state's major labor markets, the Ann Arbor area had the lowest February rate at 3.9 percent, while the Upper Peninsula had the highest at 10.6 percent.
 The Lansing area reported the greatest rate change in February. Detroit and the U.P. shared the largest decline, as rates in both areas fell by six-tenths of a percentage point.
 Every area, but Lansing, also had significantly lower unemployment rates this February than they did in February 1992. Most areas had rate declines of more than two percentage points.
 Current labor force estimates, which are not seasonally adjusted, follow for Michigan and its major labor markets:
 Feb. Jan. Feb.
 1993 1993 1992
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 164,700 163,100 165,600
 Total Employment 158,400 156,300 155,600
 Unemployment 6,300 6,800 10,000
 Rate (percent) 3.9 4.2 6.0
 Contact -- George Mechem, MESC area analyst, 517-334-6653, or Margaret Sherman, Ypsilanti MESC manager, 313-482-1566.
 Battle Creek MSA
 (Calhoun County)
 Civilian Labor Force 64,400 63,500 64,200
 Total Employment 60,200 59,100 58,500
 Unemployment 4,200 4,400 5,600
 Rate (percent) 6.6 6.9 8.8
 Contact -- Joe Billig, MESC area analyst, 517-782-9755, or Marshall Kindy, Battle Creek MESC manager, 616-962-5411.
 Benton Harbor MSA
 (Berrien County)
 Civilian Labor Force 77,200 77,400 77,500
 Total Employment 71,000 70,900 69,700
 Unemployment 6,200 6,500 7,800
 Rate (percent) 8.0 8.4 10.1
 Contact -- Douglas Dow, MESC area analyst, 616-349-9621, or Jim Walter, Benton Harbor MESC manager, 616-925-1118.
 Detroit MSA
 (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Livingston, Lapeer and
 St. Clair counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 2,121,000 2,134,000 2,122,000
 Total Employment 1,969,000 1,967,000 1,918,000
 Unemployment 153,000 167,000 205,000
 Rate (percent) 7.2 7.8 9.6
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 181,300 182,100 184,100
 Total Employment 164,300 164,300 161,000
 Unemployment 17,000 17,800 23,100
 Rate (percent) 9.4 9.8 12.6
 Contact -- Sandra St. Cyr, MESC area analyst, 517-753-5390, or David Woehler, Flint MESC manager, 313-787-3300.
 Grand Rapids MSA
 (Kent and Ottawa counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 389,900 387,100 387,600
 Total Employment 368,300 364,400 357,500
 Unemployment 21,600 22,700 30,000
 Rate (percent) 5.5 5.9 7.7
 Contact -- Richard Kemler, MESC area analyst, 616-361-3258, or Barbara Saukas, Grand Rapids MESC manager, 616-361-3200.
 Jackson MSA
 (Jackson County)
 Civilian Labor Force 64,600 64,900 65,100
 Total Employment 59,100 59,200 58,200
 Unemployment 5,500 5,700 6,900
 Rate (percent) 8.5 8.8 10.6
 Contact -- Joe Billig, MESC area analyst, 517-782-9755, or David Van Buren, Jackson MESC manager, 517-782-8131.
 Kalamazoo MSA
 (Kalamazoo County)
 Civilian Labor Force 122,400 122,100 121,200
 Total Employment 116,900 116,200 113,800
 Unemployment 5,500 5,900 7,400
 Rate (percent) 4.5 4.8 6.1
 Contact -- Douglas Dow, MESC area analyst, 616-349-9621, or Mike Williams, Acting Kalamazoo MESC manager, 616-349-9621.
 Lansing MSA
 (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 238,400 238,800 241,100
 Total Employment 221,000 226,600 225,500
 Unemployment 17,400 12,200 15,600
 Rate (percent) 7.3 5.1 6.5
 Contact -- George Mechem, MESC area analyst, 517-334-6653, or Dale Lindley, Acting Lansing MESC manager, 517-334-6729.
 Muskegon MSA
 (Muskegon County)
 Civilian Labor Force 64,700 64,900 66,900
 Total Employment 57,900 58,000 58,300
 Unemployment 6,800 7,000 8,600
 Rate (percent) 10.5 10.8 12.9
 Contact -- Richard Kemler, MESC area analyst, 616-361-3258, or Don Walker, Muskegon MESC manager, 616-739-8900.
 Saginaw-Bay-Midland MSA
 (Saginaw, Bay, Midland counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 186,400 186,400 188,400
 Total Employment 173,200 172,600 170,700
 Unemployment 13,200 13,800 17,700
 Rate (percent) 7.1 7.4 9.4
 Contact -- Sandra St. Cyr, MESC area analyst, 517-753-5390, or Margaret Bugg, Saginaw MESC manager, 517-753-MESC.
 Upper Peninsula LMA
 (15 counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 145,400 145,500 145,200
 Total Employment 130,000 129,300 126,200
 Unemployment 15,400 16,200 19,000
 Rate (percent) 10.6 11.2 13.1
 Contact -- Kathy Salow, MESC area analyst, 906-226-7543, or Richard Windberg, district manager, 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,554,000 4,562,000 4,564,000
 Total Employment 4,212,000 4,205,000 4,115,000
 Unemployment 342,000 357,000 449,000
 Rate (percent) 7.5 7.8 9.8
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 -0- 3/30/93
 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/


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