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JULY JOBLESS RATES UP IN MOST MICHIGAN AREAS

 DETROIT, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Most of Michigan's major labor markets experienced increases in their July unemployment rates because of seasonal influences, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), reported today.
 According to estimates developed by MESC and not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, jobless rates rose in 10 of the state's 12 major labor markets. Only the Upper Peninsula and Muskegon had rate declines in July.
 Employment dropped in most labor markets as temporary layoffs occurred in local auto industry facilities and as schools and colleges entered the summer vacation period.
 "Seasonal job losses offset many of the normal employment gains in other industries such as construction, food and kindred products, amusements, hotels, eating and drinking establishments and real estate," Edwards explained.
 Among the labor markets, the Upper Peninsula had the largest unemployment drop, as its rate fell from 9.0 to 8.2 percent in July.
 "The U.P. is enjoying its normal summer surge in tourism which is increasing employment and lowering unemployment," Edwards said.
 Temporary layoffs at area auto and supplier plants pushed the Flint jobless rate to 11.1 percent, the highest July rate and the largest increase among the 12 areas.
 The Ann Arbor area had the lowest July rate at 4.5 percent.
 All 12 labor markets had lower unemployment rates this July than they did a year earlier, July 1992.
 Seasonally unadjusted labor force estimates for Michigan and its 12 labor market areas follow:
 July June July
 1993 1993 1992
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 165,000 165,700 162,400
 Total Employment 157,600 159,000 153,600
 Unemployment 7,400 6,700 8,800
 Rate 4.5 4.0 5.4
 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 67,000 67,300 65,300
 Total Employment 62,100 62,600 60,200
 Unemployment 4,900 4,700 5,100
 Rate 7.3 6.9 7.8
 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 81,500 80,900 80,700
 Total Employment 75,100 74,600 73,500
 Unemployment 6,400 6,300 7,200
 Rate 7.9 7.8 8.9
 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 2,227,000 2,222,000 2,183,000
 Total Employment 2,043,000 2,051,000 1,956,000
 Unemployment 184,000 171,000 226,000
 Rate 8.3 7.7 10.4
 Contact: Brenda Njiwaji - 313-876-5427.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 187,000 187,100 184,900
 Total Employment 166,200 168,300 160,600
 Unemployment 20,800 18,800 24,300
 Rate 11.1 10.1 13.1
 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 403,900 405,500 394,400
 Total Employment 379,900 382,900 364,300
 Unemployment 23,900 22,600 30,100
 Rate 5.9 5.6 7.6
 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 68,000 68,000 66,700
 Total Employment 62,200 62,300 59,600
 Unemployment 5,900 5,800 7,100
 Rate 8.6 8.5 10.7
 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 123,200 123,600 120,700
 Total Employment 117,400 117,900 113,600
 Unemployment 5,800 5,700 7,100
 Rate 4.7 4.6 5.9
 Contact: Joe Billig, MESC Area Analyst 616-349-9621, or
 Mike Williams, Acting Kalamazoo Manager 616-349-9621.
 Lansing MSA
 (Clinton, Eaton, and
 Ingham Counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 241,800 242,100 237,600
 Total Employment 228,800 229,900 223,400
 Unemployment 12,900 12,200 14,200
 Rate 5.3 5.0 6.0
 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 68,700 69,000 69,400
 Total Employment 61,700 61,700 60,800
 Unemployment 7,000 7,300 8,600
 Rate 10.2 10.5 12.4
 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 196,400 195,800 193,400
 Total Employment 181,800 182,000 176,600
 Unemployment 14,600 13,900 16,700
 Rate 7.4 7.1 8.6
 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 160,200 158,500 156,000
 Total Employment 147,100 144,300 140,700
 Unemployment 13,100 14,300 15,300
 Rate 8.2 9.0 9.8
 Contact: Kathy Salow, MESC Area Analyst 906-226-7543, or
 Richard Windberg, District Manager 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,790,000 4,778,000 4,701,000
 Total Employment 4,416,000 4,425,000 4,253,000
 Unemployment 373,000 354,000 448,000
 Rate 7.8 7.4 9.5
 Contact: Brenda Njiwaji - 313-876-5427.
 -0- 8/27/93
 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/


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