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SUMMER JOBSEEKERS IN MICHIGAN PUSH LOCAL JOBLESS RATES UP IN JUNE

 SUMMER JOBSEEKERS IN MICHIGAN PUSH LOCAL JOBLESS RATES UP IN JUNE
 DETROIT, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Young people looking for summer jobs helped push unemployment rates up in all but one of Michigan's 12 major labor market areas in June, according to unadjusted work force estimates prepared by the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC).
 MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said employment was up throughout the state in June but the number of workers entering the job market was greater than the number of available jobs. Consequently, unemployment rose.
 "Although seasonal hiring increases in June, we typically have higher unemployment rates as students and other young people begin their search for summer jobs," Edwards said.
 Among the industries reporting seasonal employment gains in June were the construction, services, and those that are tourism-related such as amusement and eating and drinking establishments.
 Some industries had job losses in June. They included the auto and related industries, the clothing apparel industry, general merchandise stores, and private, state and local schools.
 The Upper Peninsula was the only area to report a decline in its June jobless rate. The UP's rate edged down by one-tenth of a percentage point to 10.6 percent in June.
 "The summer months are the Upper Peninsula's strongest employment period," Edwards said. "The tourism industry is in full swing and most of the area's other industries such as construction, lumber and wood products, paper products and nonelectrical machinery also report increased hiring."
 The Flint area had the largest rate increase in June, as its jobless percentage climbed to 12.3 percent from 10.9 percent in May.
 Both Flint and Muskegon shared the highest June jobless rates among the major labor markets at 12.3 percent. The Ann Arbor area had the lowest rate at 5.3 percent.
 When compared to their year-ago unemployment rates, five areas were down, four were up and three were unchanged.
 A breakdown of seasonally unadjusted labor force estimates for Michigan and each of its 12 major labor markets follows:
 June May June
 1992 1992 1991
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 165,700 164,500 159,400
 Total Employment 156,900 156,900 150,600
 Unemployment 8,800 7,600 8,800
 Rate (percent) 5.3 4.6 5.5
 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 64,500 63,300 64,200
 Total Employment 59,600 58,800 58,700
 Unemployment 4,900 4,500 5,500
 Rate (percent) 7.6 7.1 8.5
 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 81,100 80,000 79,700
 Total Employment 73,700 72,900 72,000
 Unemployment 7,400 7,100 7,700
 Rate (percent) 9.2 8.9 9.7
 Contact -- Bruce Weaver, MESC analyst, 313-876-5427, 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 2,132,000 2,109,000 2,139,000
 Total Employment 1,936,000 1,930,000 1,942,000
 Unemployment 196,000 179,000 197,000
 Rate (percent) 9.2 8.5 9.2
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 186,300 183,700 185,800
 Total Employment 163,400 163,600 165,200
 Unemployment 22,900 20,100 20,600
 Rate (percent) 12.3 10.9 11.1
 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 392,600 387,600 384,400
 Total Employment 363,600 361,200 356,100
 Unemployment 29,000 26,400 28,300
 Rate (percent) 7.4 6.8 7.4
 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 66,900 65,300 66,000
 Total Employment 59,800 59,000 59,200
 Unemployment 7,100 6,300 6,800
 Rate (percent) 10.6 9.6 10.2
 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 119,000 117,700 117,600
 Total Employment 111,600 111,000 110,100
 Unemployment 7,400 6,800 7,500
 Rate (percent) 6.2 5.8 6.4
 Contact -- Bruce Weaver, MESC analyst, 313-876-5427, or Mike Williams, acting Kalamazoo MESC manager, 616-349-9621.
 Lansing MSA
 (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 244,800 243,800 244,100
 Total Employment 230,400 230,000 220,300
 Unemployment 14,400 13,800 23,900
 Rate (percent) 5.9 5.7 9.8
 Contact -- George Mechem, MESC area analyst, 517-334-6653, or Dale Lindley, Lansing MESC manager, 517-334-6729.
 Muskegon MSA
 (Muskegon County)
 Civilian Labor Force 68,300 67,200 68,800
 Total Employment 59,900 59,700 60,300
 Unemployment 8,400 7,500 8,500
 Rate (percent) 12.3 11.2 12.3
 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 192,400 189,900 188,100
 Total Employment 176,100 174,700 173,300
 Unemployment 16,400 15,200 14,800
 Rate (percent) 8.5 8.0 7.9
 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 153,100 147,700 147,100
 Total Employment 136,900 131,900 132,400
 Unemployment 16,200 15,800 14,800
 Rate (percent) 10.6 10.7 10.0
 Contact -- Kathy Salow, MESC area analyst, 906-226-7543, or Richard Windberg, Marquette MESC manager, 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,646,000 4,578,000 4,597,000
 Total Employment 4,230,000 4,195,000 4,174,000
 Unemployment 417,000 383,000 423,000
 Rate (percent) 9.0 8.4 9.2
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
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 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/ CO: Michigan Employment Security Commission ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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