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DECEMBER JOBLESS RATES DROP IN MOST AREAS

 DETROIT, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Unemployment rates in most major Michigan labor market areas were down in December according to work force estimates prepared by the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC).
 MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said jobless rates fell in 10 of the state's 12 major labor markets in December. Only the Upper Peninsula had a rate increase, while the Battle Creek area reported no change from November to December.
 "There were seasonal job losses in construction, food processing and education during December," Edwards explained. "Some of these losses were offset, however, by hiring in manufacturing, retail trade and among the service industries."
 As a result of the seasonal job declines, most areas had lower employment levels in December. Only the Flint and Detroit areas reported employment gains because of callbacks at local automotive plants. The Flint area, in fact, had the largest rate decline during the month.
 Combined with the lower employment levels were work force declines in all of the areas, which contributed to the drop in local jobless rates. The losses occurred as seasonal workers began leaving the job market as their jobs ended or they gave up their search for employment.
 Among the labor markets, the Muskegon area had the highest December jobless rate at 10.0 percent. The Ann Arbor area had the lowest rate at 3.9 percent. All of the areas had lower December unemployment rates in 1992 than in 1991.
 The Upper Peninsula was the only area to show an increase in December unemployment, but the increase was normal for the month.
 Most of the rate declines in December were marginal, Edwards noted, but the areas are showing improvement since mid-1992. Employment has grown while unemployment rates have declined when compared to 1991 levels and those during the first half of 1992.
 December labor force estimates for Michigan and its major labor market areas follow:
 Dec. Nov. Dec.
 1992 1992 1991
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 170,300 170,800 166,700
 Total Employment 163,600 163,800 157,300
 Unemployment 6,700 7,000 9,400
 Rate (percent) 3.9 4.1 5.6
 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 65,300 65,700 62,900
 Total Employment 60,900 61,200 58,200
 Unemployment 4,400 4,400 4,700
 Rate (percent) 6.7 6.7 7.5
 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 79,400 79,600 78,300
 Total Employment 73,600 73,600 71,200
 Unemployment 5,800 6,000 7,100
 Rate (percent) 7.3 7.6 9.1
 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 2,126,000 2,130,000 2,125,000
 Total Employment 1,971,000 1,968,000 1,945,000
 Unemployment 155,000 161,000 180,000
 Rate (percent) 7.3 7.6 8.5
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 185,200 185,800 186,500
 Total Employment 168,400 167,900 166,300
 Unemployment 16,700 17,900 20,200
 Rate (percent) 9.0 9.7 10.9
 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 396,200 399,300 391,000
 Total Employment 374,500 376,600 364,000
 Unemployment 21,700 22,600 27,000
 Rate (percent) 5.5 5.7 6.9
 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 66,200 66,400 64,900
 Total Employment 60,900 61,000 58,700
 Unemployment 5,200 5,400 6,200
 Rate (percent) 7.9 8.2 9.5
 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 122,700 123,200 120,500
 Total Employment 4.6 4.8 5.4
 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 245,500 247,200 242,500
 Total Employment 233,700 234,900 228,200
 Unemployment 11,800 12,300 14,300
 Rate (percent) 4.8 5.0 5.9
 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 66,100 66,600 66,900
 Total Employment 59,500 59,700 59,400
 Unemployment 6,600 6,900 7,500
 Rate (percent) 10.0 10.3 11.3
 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 190,400 191,200 189,600
 Total Employment 178,000 178,500 174,800
 Unemployment 12,400 12,700 14,800
 Rate (percent) 6.5 6.6 7.8
 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 146,600 148,600 143,500
 Total Employment 132,300 134,900 127,800
 Unemployment 14,300 13,700 15,700
 Rate (percent) 9.8 9.2 10.9
 Contact -- Kathy Salow, MESC area analyst, 906-226-7543, or Richard Windberg, Marquette MESC manager, 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,611,000 4,635,000 4,575,000
 Total Employment 4,281,000 4,295,000 4,185,000
 Unemployment 331,000 340,000 390,000
 Rate (percent) 7.2 7.3 8.5
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 -0- 2/2/93
 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of the Michigan Employment Security Commission, 313-876-5488/


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