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MARCH JOBLESS RATES DROP IN MOST LABOR MARKETS

 DETROIT, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- March unemployment rates fell in all but three of Michigan's 12 major labor market areas, and all areas had significant declines over the year, according to estimates prepared by the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC).
 MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said the February to March unemployment declines were slight, averaging less than half a percentage point.
 "Many industries reported employment losses over the month," Edwards explained. "Manufacturing, construction and retail trade employment was down across the state, while the service industries and local education had job gains."
 Employment levels fell in most areas during March whereas labor force totals declined in all 12 labor markets.
 "In March many of those either holding or seeking temporary employment left the job market," Edwards said, "causing work force levels to decline and resulting in lower unemployment rates."
 "These work force levels, however, should rebound in the spring as the weather improves and hiring picks up," he added.
 Among the 12 major markets, jobless rates rose in Ann Arbor and Flint and remained unchanged in the Saginaw-Bay-Midland area.
 "Rates in Ann Arbor and Flint rose because of layoffs at local automotive plants," Edwards said. "At the same time, callbacks at auto plants in the Lansing area caused a drop of nearly 2 1/2 points in that area's jobless rate."
 The Lansing area had the largest rate change in March as its jobless rate fell to 4.9 percent. The Ann Arbor area had the lowest rate during the month at 4.2 percent, while the Upper Peninsula had the highest rate at 10.2 percent.
 Over the past year, from March 1992 to 1993, jobless rates fell substantially in all of the major labor markets, dropping anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 percentage points.
 "The year-to-date drop in unemployment is a clear sign that Michigan and its major labor markets are recovering from recession," Edwards said.
 A breakdown of March labor force estimates for Michigan and its major labor markets follows:
 MAR. FEB. MAR.
 1993 1993 1992
 ______ ______ ______
 Ann Arbor MSA (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 161,600 164,400 166,000
 Total Employment 154,800 158,100 155,800
 Unemployment 6,800 6,300 10,200
 Rate 4.2 3.9 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 64,000 64,400 64,400
 Total Employment 60,000 60,100 58,700
 Unemployment 4,000 4,200 5,800
 Rate 6.3 6.6 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 77,000 77,000 78,200
 Total Employment 71,000 70,800 70,500
 Unemployment 6,000 6,200 7,700
 Rate 7.8 8.0 9.8
 Contact: Douglas Dow, MESC Area Analyst (616) 349-9621, or Geri Sims, Benton Harbor MESC Acting Mgr (616) 925-1118.
 Detroit MSA (Wayne, Oakland,
 Macomb, Monroe, Livingston,
 Lapeer and St. Clair Counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 2,116,000 2,125,000 2,139,000
 Total Employment 1,969,000 1,972,000 1,928,000
 Unemployment 147,000 153,000 211,000
 Rate 7.0 7.2 9.9
 Contact: Brenda Njiwaji - (313) 876-5427.
 Flint MSA (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 177,700 180,800 185,000
 Total Employment 160,500 163,900 160,800
 Unemployment 17,200 17,000 24,200
 Rate 9.7 9.4 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 387,400 389,300 388,300
 Total Employment 367,200 367,700 358,400
 Unemployment 20,200 21,600 29,900
 Rate 5.2 5.6 7.7
 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 64,100 64,500 65,200
 Total Employment 58,800 59,000 58,000
 Unemployment 5,400 5,500 7,100
 Rate 8.3 8.5 11.0
 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 121,100 122,000 121,200
 Total Employment 115,900 116,500 114,100
 Unemployment 5,300 5,500 7,200
 Rate 4.3 4.5 5.9
 Contact: Douglas Dow, MESC Area Analyst (616) 349-9621, or Mike Williams, Acting Kalamazoo Manager (616) 349-9621.
 Lansing MSA (Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties)
 i?vilian Labor Force 237,600 238,600 241,600
 Total Employment 226,100 221,200 226,100
 Unemployment 11,500 17,400 15,500
 Rate 4.9 7.3 6.4
 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 64,300 64,500 67,400
 Total Employment 57,900 57,700 58,600
 Unemployment 6,400 6,800 8,700
 Rate 10.0 10.5 13.0
 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 183,500 185,900 188,800
 Total Employment 170,400 172,700 170,200
 Unemployment 13,100 13,200 18,600
 Rate 7.1 7.1 9.8
 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 144,700 145,200 146,100
 Total Employment 130,000 129,800 126,200
 Unemployment 14,700 15,400 20,000
 Rate 10.2 10.6 13.7
 Contact: Kathy Salow, MESC Area Analyst (906) 226-7543, or Richard Windberg, District Manager (906) 226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,529,000 4,554,000 4,590,000
 Total Employment 4,205,000 4,212,000 4,132,000
 Unemployment 324,000 342,000 459,000
 Rate 7.1 7.5 10.0
 Contact: Brenda Njiwaji - (313) 876-5427.
 -0- 5/3/93
 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/


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