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MARCH JOBLESS RATES UP MARGINALLY IN MOST AREAS OF MICHIGAN

 MARCH JOBLESS RATES UP MARGINALLY IN MOST AREAS OF MICHIGAN
 DETROIT, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Unemployment rates showed little change from February to March in most of Michigan's 12 major labor markets, according to seasonally unadjusted labor force estimates issued today by F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC).
 "Jobless rates in seven areas changed by only one- or two-tenths of a percentage point in March," Edwards said. "And the remaining changes were no larger than half a point."
 Unemployment rates climbed in eight areas and dropped in three -- Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo and Lansing.
 The Grand Rapids-area jobless rate remained unchanged at 7.7 percent from February to March.
 Among the 12 labor markets, the Saginaw-Bay-Midland area and the Upper Peninsula reported the largest changes in their March jobless rates. Rates in both areas climbed by half a percentage point to 9.9 percent in the Saginaw area and 13.6 in the U.P., the highest area for the month.
 The Kalamazoo area had the lowest March jobless rate at 6.0 percent.
 The employment situation has remained stable since January and most areas have had little change from month to month, Edwards noted.
 "In March while all areas but Saginaw reported employment gains, these increases were not large enough to compensate for the number of job seekers entering the labor force," Edwards said. "Consequently, in most labor markets unemployment edged up."
 Employment increases developed in a number of industries, including local government and schools, business services, construction, transportation equipment, fabricated metals and plastics. Job losses occurred in retail trade, among state-supported schools and in primary metals.
 In the two areas with the greatest changes, the Saginaw area had job losses in transportation equipment, primary metals and the food manufacturing industries, offsetting gains in retail trade and services and resulting in higher unemployment. In the U.P., workers entering the job market outpaced job growth, leading to higher joblessness.
 Comparing the current rates with those of a year ago, 10 areas had lower unemployment rates this March than in 1991. Only Jackson and the the U.P. had lower rates in March 1991.
 A breakout of unadjusted March labor force estimates for Michigan and its 12 labor market areas follows:
 March Feb. March
 1992 1992 1991
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 168,400 167,500 166,400
 Total Employment 158,000 157,300 155,600
 Unemployment 10,400 10,200 10,800
 Rate (percent) 6.2 6.1 6.5
 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 63,900 63,700 65,100
 Total Employment 58,200 58,000 58,600
 Unemployment 5,800 5,700 6,600
 Rate (percent) 9.0 8.9 10.1
 Contact -- Joe Billig, MESC area analyst, 517-782-8131, or Marshall Kindy, Battle Creek MESC manager, 616-962-5411.
 Benton Harbor MSA
 (Berrien County)
 Civilian Labor Force 78,800 78,400 78,600
 Total Employment 71,200 70,600 70,700
 Unemployment 7,700 7,800 7,900
 Rate (percent) 9.7 9.9 10.1
 Contact -- Janet Hanson, MESC area analyst, 616-349-9621, 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 2,111,000 2,157,000
 Total Employment 1,916,000 1,907,000 1,927,000
 Unemployment 211,000 204,000 230,000
 Rate (percent) 9.9 9.7 10.7
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5429.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 186,900 185,700 192,000
 Total Employment 162,700 162,600 158,500
 Unemployment 24,200 23,100 33,500
 Rate (percent) 12.9 12.5 17.4
 Contact -- Sandra St. Cyr, MESC area analyst, 517-753-6372, or David Woehler, Flint MESC manager, 313-787-3300.
 Grand Rapids MSA
 (Kent and Ottawa counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 389,600 389,000 387,000
 Total Employment 359,500 358,900 355,500
 Unemployment 30,100 30,100 31,500
 Rate (percent) 7.7 7.7 8.1
 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 65,300 64,800 65,500
 Total Employment 58,200 58,000 58,500
 Unemployment 7,100 6,900 7,000
 Rate (percent) 10.9 10.6 10.6
 Contact -- Joe Billig, MESC area analyst, 517-782-8131, or David Van Buren, Jackson MESC manager, 517-782-8131.
 Kalamazoo
 (Kalamazoo County)
 Civilian Labor Force 120,000 119,900 120,200
 Total Employment 112,900 112,500 112,400
 Unemployment 7,100 7,400 7,800
 Rate (percent) 6.0 6.1 6.5
 Contact -- Janet Hanson, MESC area analyst, 616-349-9621, or Lyle Milligan, Kalamazoo MESC manager, 616-349-9621.
 Lansing MSA
 (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 243,700 242,300 244,200
 Total Employment 228,300 226,800 226,600
 Unemployment 15,400 15,600 17,500
 Rate (percent) 6.3 6.4 7.2
 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 67,500 66,900 68,800
 Total Employment 58,800 58,300 59,200
 Unemployment 8,700 8,600 9,600
 Rate (percent) 12.9 12.8 14.0
 Contact -- Richard Kemler, MESC area analyst, 616-361-3251, or Don Walker, Muskegon MESC manager, 616-739-8900.
 Saginaw-Bay-Midland MSA
 (Saginaw, Bay, Midland counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 188,500 188,100 191,200
 Total Employment 169,900 170,300 169,300
 Unemployment 18,600 17,700 21,900
 Rate (percent) 9.9 9.4 11.5
 Contact -- Sandra St. Cyr, MESC area analyst, 517-753-6372, or Margaret Bugg, Saginaw MESC manager, 517-753-MESC.
 Upper Peninsula LMA
 (15 counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 146,600 145,600 143,200
 Total Employment 126,700 126,600 124,600
 Unemployment 20,000 19,000 18,500
 Rate (percent) 13.6 13.1 12.9
 Contact -- Kathy Salow, MESC area analyst, 906-226-7543, or Richard Windberg, district manager, 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,590,000 4,564,000 4,621,000
 Total Employment 4,132,000 4,115,000 4,113,000
 Unemployment 459,000 449,000 508,000
 Rate (percent) 10.0 9.8 11.0
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5429.
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 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/ CO: Michigan Employment Security Commission ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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