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NOVEMBER JOBLESS RATES DROP IN SIX OF MICHIGAN'S MAJOR LABOR MARKETS

 DETROIT, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Most of Michigan's major labor markets reported little change in their unemployment rates from October to November, according to estimates prepared by the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC).
 MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said that seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for November fell in six areas -- Battle Creek, Detroit, Flint, Jackson, Muskegon and Saginaw, while remaining unchanged in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo.
 Unemployment rates rose in Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing and the Upper Peninsula in November.
 "All in all, however, most areas reported only minor changes in their unemployment rates, averaging either one- or two-tenths of a percentage point," Edwards observed.
 November employment and work force totals declined in most areas, as seasonal job losses occurred throughout the state.
 "Many of our warm-weather industries such as construction, agriculture and tourism reported employment losses in November," Edwards explained. "Although these were offset somewhat by job gains in retail trade and in some service industries as we approached the holiday season."
 Among the major labor markets, the Flint and Muskegon areas shared the highest November unemployment rate at 9.3 percent. Ann Arbor had the lowest rate at 3.6 percent.
 The Upper Peninsula reported the largest increase during the month as its jobless rate climbed to 9.0 percent from 7.4 percent in October. The increase was due largely to normal seasonal job declines, resulting from the end of the summer tourism season.
 The Flint area had the largest decline as its unemployment rate fell to 9.3 percent from 9.9 percent in October, due in large measure to worker recalls at local auto plants.
 Over the year, all of the areas had lower November unemployment rates in 1993 than they did in 1992.
 Labor force estimates for each major labor market area and the state follow:
 NOV. OCT. NOV.
 1993 1993 1992
 ANN ARBOR MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 164,800 165,500 167,700
 Total Employment 158,900 159,600 160,800
 Unemployment 5,900 5,900 6,900
 Rate 3.6 3.6 4.1
 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 66,700 66,900 65,700
 Total Employment 62,500 62,700 61,300
 Unemployment 4,200 4,300 4,400
 Rate 6.3 6.4 6.7
 Contact: Joe Billig, MESC Area Analyst (517) 782-9755, or
 Mike Williams, Battle Creek MESC Manager (616) 962-5411.
 BENTON HARBOR MSA
 (Berrien County)
 Civilian Labor Force 79,500 80,300 78,500
 Total Employment 73,800 74,600 72,500
 Unemployment 5,700 5,700 6,000
 Rate 7.2 7.1 7.7
 Contact: Joe Billig, MESC Area Analyst (616) 782-9755, or
 Jerri Sims, Benton Harbor MESC Manager (616) 925-1118.
 DETROIT MSA
 (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb,
 Monroe, Livingston, Lapeer
 and St. Clair Counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 2,169,000 2,169,000 2,157,000
 Total Employment 2,029,000 2,026,000 1,995,000
 Unemployment 140,000 143,000 162,000
 Rate 6.5 6.6 7.5
 Contact: Brenda Njiwaji - (313) 876-5427.
 FLINT MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 181,000 182,500 182,800
 Total Employment 164,200 164,500 164,900
 Unemployment 16,800 18,000 17,900
 Rate 9.3 9.9 9.8
 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 403,000 403,800 396,400
 Total Employment 383,200 385,000 373,800
 Unemployment 19,700 18,800 22,500
 Rate 4.9 4.7 5.7
 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 66,800 67,300 66,000
 Total Employment 62,000 62,400 60,600
 Unemployment 4,800 4,900 5,500
 Rate 7.2 7.3 8.3
 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 125,100 125,400 124,200
 Total Employment 120,300 120,600 118,300
 Unemployment 4,800 4,900 5,900
 Rate 3.9 3.9 4.7
 Contact: Joe Billig, MESC Area Analyst (517) 782-9755, or
 Brenda Ely, Kalamazoo Manager (616) 349-9621.
 LANSING MSA
 (Clinton, Eaton, and
 Ingham Counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 243,900 245,300 243,400
 Total Employment 232,700 234,100 231,200
 Unemployment 11,100 11,200 12,200
 Rate 4.6 4.5 5.0
 Contact: George Mechem, MESC Area Analyst (517) 334-6653, or
 Dale Lindley, Lansing MESC Manager (517) 334-6729.
 MUSKEGON MSA
 (Muskegon County)
 Civilian Labor Force 65,900 66,700 66,200
 Total Employment 59,700 60,300 59,300
 Unemployment 6,100 6,400 6,900
 Rate 9.3 9.6 10.4
 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 191,700 193,300 190,200
 Total Employment 179,600 180,900 177,600
 Unemployment 12,000 12,400 12,700
 Rate 6.3 6.4 6.7
 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 150,900 153,500 147,800
 Total Employment 137,200 142,000 134,200
 Unemployment 13,700 11,400 13,700
 Rate 9.0 7.4 9.2
 Contact: Kathy Salow, MESC Area Analyst (906) 226-7543, or
 Richard Windberg, District Manager (906) 226-7543.
 MICHIGAN
 Civilian Labor Force 4,670,000 4,693,000 4,635,000
 Total Employment 4,366,000 4,389,000 4,295,000
 Unemployment 305,000 303,000 340,000
 Rate 6.5 6.5 7.3
 Contact: Brenda Njiwaji - (313) 876-5427.
 -0- 1/4/94
 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5489/


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