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APRIL JOBLESS RATES DOWN IN MOST MAJOR AREAS IN MICHIGAN

 APRIL JOBLESS RATES DOWN IN MOST MAJOR AREAS IN MICHIGAN
 DETROIT, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Unemployment rates in 10 of


Michigan's 12 major labor market areas dropped in April as temporary and seasonal workers left local job markets, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), reported today.
 According to seasonally unadjusted estimates prepared by MESC, only Kalamazoo had an unemployment rate increase in April, as the area's rate edged up by one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.1 percent. The Benton Harbor area had no rate change. Unemployment in the area held steady at 9.7 percent from March to April.
 "The labor force in every labor market declined in April as some workers with seasonal and temporary jobs and some unemployed workers dropped out of the job market," Edwards explained. "The smaller work force size resulted in lower unemployment rates in most areas."
 Among the labor markets, Ann Arbor and Battle Creek had the largest declines. Rates in both areas fell by a full percentage point. Ann Arbor dropped to 5.2 percent, the lowest among the 12 areas, and Battle Creek fell to 8.0 percent.
 The Saginaw, Detroit and Flint areas had rate declines, averaging half a point or more in April.
 The Upper Peninsula had the highest jobless rate during the month at 13.5 percent.
 Edwards noted that unemployment rates in three areas -- Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo and Lansing -- were below the national unadjusted average of 7.1 percent.
 In comparing the current estimates with those of a year ago, jobless rates in most areas were down from their April 1991 levels. Rates, however, were up over the year in Grand Rapids, Jackson, Muskegon and the Upper Peninsula. A breakout of unadjusted labor force estimates for Michigan and its 12 largest labor market areas follows.
 April March Arpil
 1992 1992 1991
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 163,200 168,300 161,300
 Total Employment 154,600 158,000 151,200
 Unemployment 8,500 10,400 10,000
 Rate (percent) 5.2 6.2 6.2
 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 62,100 64,000 63,200
 Total Employment 57,100 58,200 57,600
 Unemployment 5,000 5,800 5,600
 Rate (percent) 8.0 9.0 8.9
 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 78,100 78,800 77,200
 Total Employment 70,500 71,200 69,900
 Unemployment 7,500 7,700 7,300
 Rate (percent) 9.7 9.7 9.5
 Contact -- Janet Hanson, MESC area analyst, 616-349-6214, 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 2,069,000 2,126,000 2,099,000
 Total Employment 1,879,000 1,915,000 1,899,000
 Unemployment 190,000 211,000 200,000
 Rate (percent) 9.2 9.9 9.5
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 182,200 186,900 184,900
 Total Employment 159,600 162,700 158,200
 Unemployment 22,600 24,200 26,700
 Rate (percent) 12.4 12.9 14.5
 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 381,100 389,300 378,000
 Total Employment 352,200 359,200 350,600
 Unemployment 28,900 30,100 27,400
 Rate (percent) 7.6 7.7 7.3
 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 64,200 65,300 64,400
 Total Employment 57,400 58,200 57,600
 Unemployment 6,800 7,100 6,800
 Rate (percent) 10.6 10.9 10.5
 Contact -- Joe Billig, MESC area analyst, 517-782-9755, or David Van Buren, Jackson MESC manager, 517-782-8131.
 Kalamazoo
 (Kalamazoo County)
 Civilian Labor Force 118,000 120,100 117,500
 Total Employment 110,800 112,900 110,200
 Unemployment 7,200 7,200 7,300
 Rate (percent) 6.1 6.0 6.2
 Contact -- Janet Hanson, MESC area analyst, 616-349-6214, or Lyle Milligan, Kalamazoo MESC manager, 616-349-9621.
 Lansing-E. Lansing MSA
 (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 238,300 243,700 237,700
 Total Employment 223,700 228,200 223,000
 Unemployment 14,600 15,400 14,700
 Rate (percent) 6.1 6.3 6.2
 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 66,100 67,500 67,200
 Total Employment 57,700 58,800 58,900
 Unemployment 8,400 8,700 8,300
 Rate (percent) 12.7 12.9 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 186,200 188,600 184,400
 Total Employment 169,400 170,000 166,700
 Unemployment 16,800 18,600 17,800
 Rate (percent) 9.0 9.8 9.6
 Contact -- Sandra St. Cyr, MESC area analyst, 517-753-5390, or Margaret Bugg, Saginaw MESC manager, 517-753-MESC.
 Upper Peninsula
 Civilian Labor Force 146,000 146,800 139,500
 Total Employment 126,200 126,900 122,600
 Unemployment 19,800 20,000 16,900
 Rate (percent) 13.5 13.6 12.1
 Contact -- Kathy Salow, MESC area analyst, 906-226-7543, or Richard Windberg, Marquette MESC manager, 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,492,000 4,590,000 4,499,000
 Total Employment 4,069,000 4,132,000 4,065,000
 Unemployment 422,000 459,000 434,000
 Rate (percent) 9.4 10.0 9.7
 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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