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AUGUST JOBLESS RATES DROP IN ALL AREAS BUT LANSING

 DETROIT, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- August unemployment rates fell in all but one of Michigan's 12 major labor market areas, according to estimates prepared by the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC) and not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations.
 In August, unemployment rates dropped by nearly a percentage point or more in all major labor markets, except Lansing where auto industry layoffs pushed the rate up, MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said.
 Most area jobless rates have also fallen since August 1992 and fallen substantially. Edwards noted that since last year, local rates fell anywhere from 1.4 percentage points in Battle Creek to more than 4.0 points in Flint. Lansing was the lone exception, with a rate increase.
 "Over the year, the number of unemployed statewide has dropped by 25 percent," Edwards said. "The state drop and the year-to-date declines in area jobless totals confirm that the Michigan and local economies are continuing to improve."
 From July to August, many major labor markets reported work force reductions but most also had employment gains.
 "Employment in Michigan's tourism and related industries normally peaks in August," Edwards said, "and this August was no exception. Employment climbed throughout the state in the recreational and amusement industries, among eating and drinking establishments and at hotel and lodging facilities."
 Job levels also grew in the construction, retail trade and food processing sectors, while falling in state and local education as school enrollments declined for the summer.
 Among the major labor markets, Ann Arbor had the lowest August unemployment rate at 3.7 percent, while the Flint area had the highest rate at 9.2 percent.
 The greatest month-to-month change occurred in the Detroit and Flint labor markets as their rates dropped by 1.9 percentage points in August. The Detroit area rate fell to 6.4 percent, down from 8.3 percent. The Flint rate dropped from 11.1 percent.
 Lansing, the only area with an unemployment rate increase, had production adjustment layoffs at local automotive plants, which pushed the August jobless rate up to 6.5 percent from 5.3 percent in July.
 A breakdown of seasonally unadjusted labor force estimates for Michigan and its 12 labor markets follows:
 Aug. July Aug.
 1993 1993 1992
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 161,700 165,200 161,200
 Total Employment 155,800 157,800 152,700
 Unemployment 6,000 7,400 ,500
 Rate 3.7 4.5 5.2
 Contact: George Mechem, MESC Area Analyst 517-782-9755, or
 Margaret Sherman, Ypsilanti MESC Manager 313-482-1566.
 Battle Creek MSA
 (Calhoun County)
 Civilian Labor Force 67,100 67,000 66,000
 Total Employment 63,200 62,200 61,100
 Unemployment 3,900 4,900 4,800
 Rate 5.9 7.3 7.3
 Contact: Joe Billig, MESC Area Analyst 517-782-9755, or
 Michael Williams, Battle Creek MESC Manager 616-962-5411.
 Benton Harbor MSA
 (Berrien County)
 Civilian Labor Force 81,700 81,600 80,700
 Total Employment 76,400 75,100 73,600
 Unemployment 5,300 6,400 7,100
 Rate 6.5 7.9 8.8
 Contact: Joe Billig, MESC Area Analyst 616-349-9621, or
 Geri Sims, Benton Harbor MESC Manager 616-925-1118.
 Detroit MSA
 (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb,
 Monroe, Livingston, Lapeer
 and St. Clair Counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 2,213,000 2,225,000 2,175,000
 Total Employment 2,072,000 2,041,000 1,986,000
 Unemployment 141,000 184,000 188,000
 Rate 6.4 8.3 8.7
 Contact: Brenda Njiwaji - 313-876-5427.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 184,500 188,000 188,300
 Total Employment 167,500 167,100 163,300
 Unemployment 17,100 20,800 25,000
 Rate 9.2 11.1 13.3
 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 405,700 404,200 395,800
 Total Employment 387,100 380,300 367,400
 Unemployment 18,700 23,900 28,400
 Rate 4.6 5.9 7.2
 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 67,500 67,900 67,300
 Total Employment 62,800 62,100 60,400
 Unemployment 4,700 5,800 6,800
 Rate 7.0 8.6 10.1
 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 123,600 123,400 122,400
 Total Employment 119,000 117,600 115,600
 Unemployment 4,700 5,800 6,800
 Rate 3.8 4.7 5.6
 Contact: Joe Billig, MESC Area Analyst 616-349-9621, or
 Brenda Ely, Kalamazoo Manager 616-349-9621.
 Lansing MSA
 (Clinton, Eaton, and
 Ingham Counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 239,500 241,400 238,100
 Total Employment 223,900 228,500 224,400
 Unemployment 15,600 12,900 13,700
 Rate 6.5 5.3 5.8
 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 68,700 68,700 69,700
 Total Employment 62,600 61,700 61,200
 Unemployment 6,100 7,000 8,400
 Rate 8.8 10.2 12.1
 Contact: Richard Kemler, MESC Area Analyst 616-361-3258, or
 Don Walker, Muskegon MESC Manager 616-739-8900.
 Saginaw - Bay - Midland MSA
 (Saginaw, Bay, and
 Midland Counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 196,600 196,700 194,800
 Total Employment 184,800 182,100 179,200
 Unemployment 11,800 14,600 15,700
 Rate 6.0 7.4 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 160,600 160,400 157,000
 Total Employment 149,200 147,200 142,500
 Unemployment 11,400 13,100 14,500
 Rate 7.1 8.2 9.2
 Contact: Kathy Salow, MESC Area Analyst 906-226-7543, or
 Richard Windberg, District Manager 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,769,000 4,790,000 4,705,000
 Total Employment 4,468,000 4,416,000 4,304,000
 Unemployment 301,000 373,000 401,000
 Rate 6.3 7.8 8.5
 Contact: Brenda Njiwaji - 313-876-5427.
 -0- 9/29/93
 /CONTACT: Norm Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/


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