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AUGUST JOBLESS RATES DOWN IN MOST AREAS

 AUGUST JOBLESS RATES DOWN IN MOST AREAS
 DETROIT, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- August jobless rates among


Michigan's 12 major labor markets dropped in all areas but one according to unadjusted work force estimates prepared by the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC).
 MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said unemployment rates dropped as employment climbed among manufacturing and construction businesses in most areas.
 "There were also job gains in the auto industry following worker callbacks, in government because of summer job programs for youth and among tourism-related businesses," he explained.
 Among the 12 labor markets, the Detroit area had the greatest change over the month as its jobless rate dropped to 8.7 percent, down from 10.4 percent in July.
 "A large portion of the August auto industry callbacks occurred in the Detroit area," Edwards explained, "causing the area's unemployment rate to drop sharply."
 Edwards said Flint was the only area to report an unemployment rate increase in August. The area's jobless rate edged up to 13.1 percent from 13.0 percent in July.
 While auto industry callbacks occurred in the Flint area, they were offset by scattered layoffs in the area's manufacturing and service producing industries. As a result, unemployment increased.
 Flint had the highest August jobless rate among the major labor markets, while the Ann Arbor area reported the lowest rate at 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent in July.
 Seven areas had lower unemployment rates this year compared to August 1991, while two areas had no change. Three areas -- Flint, Jackson and the Upper Peninsula -- reported gains.
 A breakdown of August labor force estimates, which are not seasonally adjusted, for Michigan and its major labor markets follows:
 Aug. July Aug.
 1992 1992 1991
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 163,500 164,500 154,700
 Total Employment 154,900 155,500 145,200
 Unemployment 8,600 9,000 9,400
 Rate (percent) 5.3 5.5 6.1
 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 65,500 65,600 62,800
 Total Employment 60,600 60,400 57,700
 Unemployment 4,900 5,100 5,000
 Rate (percent) 7.4 7.8 8.0
 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 81,600 82,100 78,600
 Total Employment 74,600 74,900 71,800
 Unemployment 7,000 7,200 6,800
 Rate (percent) 8.6 8.8 8.7
 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 2,162,000 2,167,000 2,103,000
 Total Employment 1,974,000 1,941,000 1,920,000
 Unemployment 188,000 226,000 184,000
 Rate (percent) 8.7 10.4 8.7
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 190,800 187,100 183,100
 Total Employment 165,800 162,800 160,300
 Unemployment 25,000 24,300 22,800
 Rate (percent) 13.1 13.0 12.5
 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 397,100 395,500 382,000
 Total Employment 368,600 365,300 353,500
 Unemployment 28,400 30,200 28,500
 Rate (percent) 7.2 7.6 7.5
 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 67,400 66,800 64,600
 Total Employment 60,600 59,700 58,400
 Unemployment 6,800 7,100 6,200
 Rate (percent) 10.1 10.7 9.6
 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 120,200 120,700 115,800
 Total Employment 113,400 113,500 108,700
 Unemployment 6,800 7,100 7,100
 Rate (percent) 5.6 5.9 6.1
 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 240,800 238,600 233,700
 Total Employment 227,100 224,400 215,600
 Unemployment 13,700 14,100 18,100
 Rate (percent) 5.7 5.9 7.8
 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 69,800 69,500 68,300
 Total Employment 61,400 60,900 59,900
 Unemployment 8,400 8,600 8,300
 Rate (percent) 12.1 12.4 12.2
 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 195,000 193,400 187,700
 Total Employment 179,300 176,600 172,600
 Unemployment 15,700 16,800 15,100
 Rate (percent) 8.0 8.7 8.0
 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 156,900 155,700 147,700
 Total Employment 142,400 140,400 135,300
 Unemployment 14,400 15,300 12,400
 Rate (percent) 9.2 9.8 8.4
 Contact -- Kathy Salow, MESC area analyst, 906-226-7543, or Richard Windberg, Marquette MESC manager, 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,705,000 4,701,000 4,532,000
 Total Employment 4,304,000 4,253,000 4,138,000
 Unemployment 401,000 448,000 393,000
 Rate (percent) 8.5 9.5 8.7
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 -0- 9/25/92
 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/ CO: Michigan Employment Security Commission ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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