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MICHIGAN OCTOBER JOBLESS RATES DROP IN 11 OF 12 LABOR MARKETS

 MICHIGAN OCTOBER JOBLESS RATES DROP IN 11 OF 12 LABOR MARKETS
 DETROIT, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Fall school openings across the state led to lower October unemployment rates in nearly every one of Michigan's 12 major labor market areas, according to estimates prepared by the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC).
 MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said the Upper Peninsula was the only area not to report a drop in its October jobless rate. Unemployment in the 15-county region held steady at 9.1 percent from September to October.
 Throughout the state, the resumption of classes for the fall term meant the return of teachers, administrators and other employees to their jobs at local, state and private schools.
 Employment increased in every labor market, except for those in Muskegon and the Upper Peninsula. Most of the increases, however, appeared to be limited to the education sector.
 "Employment in other industries showed little improvement in October," Edwards said. "Job levels remained fairly flat or decreased because of seasonal influences. For example, the construction, food and kindred products and tourism-related industries had seasonal employment drops, while production adjustment layoffs left most areas with fewer jobs in their automotive and related industries."
 The largest drop in unemployment occurred in the Flint area as its rate dropped a percentage point from 13.4 percent in September to 12.4 percent in October. The Ann Arbor area had the month's lowest rate at 5.4 percent.
 October unemployment rates were up in most areas from their year-ago levels. Only the Lansing area had a lower rate this October than in 1990. Unemployment remained unchanged over the year at 7.6 percent in the Saginaw-Bay-Midland area.
 Unadjusted labor force estimates for the state and each major labor market area follow:
 Oct. Sept. Oct.
 1991 1991 1990
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 165,500 160,400 163,800
 Total Employment 156,700 150,400 156,100
 Unemployment 8,900 10,000 7,800
 Rate (percent) 5.4 6.2 4.7
 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 63,000 62,900 64,200
 Total Employment 58,100 57,700 59,900
 Unemployment 5,000 5,100 4,300
 Rate (percent) 7.9 8.2 6.8
 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 78,300 77,400 78,400
 Total Employment 71,500 70,100 73,000
 Unemployment 6,900 7,300 5,400
 Rate (percent) 8.8 9.4 6.9
 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 2,088,000 2,084,000 2,136,000
 Total Employment 1,903,000 1,884,000 1,982,000
 Unemployment 185,000 200,000 155,000
 Rate (percent) 8.9 9.6 7.2
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5429.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 187,000 187,300 182,800
 Total Employment 163,700 162,200 164,100
 Unemployment 23,300 25,100 18,600
 Rate (percent) 12.4 13.4 10.2
 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 382,800 379,600 377,500
 Total Employment 356,600 350,300 354,600
 Unemployment 26,100 29,300 22,900
 Rate (percent) 6.8 7.7 6.1
 Contact -- Richard Kemler, MESC area analyst, 616-361-3251, or Barbara Matzen, Grand Rapids MESC manager, 616-361-3200.
 Jackson MSA
 (Jackson County)
 Civilian Labor Force 64,800 64,700 65,700
 Total Employment 58,700 58,000 60,600
 Unemployment 6,100 6,700 5,200
 Rate (percent) 9.4 10.3 7.8
 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 119,900 118,400 120,100
 Total Employment 112,900 110,800 113,900
 Unemployment 7,000 7,600 6,200
 Rate (percent) 5.8 6.4 5.1
 Contact -- Janet Hanson, MESC area analyst, 616-349-9621, or Lyle Milligan, Kalamazoo MESC manager, 616-349-9621.
 Lansing-E. Lansing MSA
 (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 241,400 230,800 241,100
 Total Employment 227,300 215,500 226,600
 Unemployment 14,100 15,400 14,600
 Rate (percent) 5.9 6.7 6.1
 Contact -- George Mechem, MESC area analyst, 517-334-6653, or Velma Wilson, Lansing MESC manager, 517-334-6729.
 Muskegon MSA
 (Muskegon County)
 Civilian Labor Force 67,500 68,100 68,400
 Total Employment 59,700 59,800 62,000
 Unemployment 7,800 8,400 6,400
 Rate (percent) 11.6 12.3 9.3
 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 187,400 186,900 186,000
 Total Employment 173,100 171,900 171,800
 Unemployment 14,200 15,100 14,200
 Rate (percent) 7.6 8.1 7.6
 Contact -- Sandra St. Cyr, MESC area analyst, 517-753-6372, or Margaret Bugg, Saginaw MESC manager, 517-753-MESC.
 Upper Peninsula
 Civilian Labor Force 141,300 141,800 141,600
 Total Employment 128,400 128,900 129,400
 Unemployment 12,900 12,900 12,200
 Rate (percent) 9.1 9.1 8.6
 Contact -- Kathy Salow, MESC area analyst, 906-226-7543, or Annette Lytle, Marquette MESC manager, 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,536,000 4,510,000 4,563,000
 Total Employment 4,149,000 4,093,000 4,236,000
 Unemployment 386,000 417,000 327,000
 Rate (percent) 8.5 9.2 7.2
 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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