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NOVEMBER JOBLESS RATES UP IN MOST MICHIGAN AREAS

 NOVEMBER JOBLESS RATES UP IN MOST MICHIGAN AREAS
 DETROIT, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Unemployment rates climbed in nine


of Michigan's 12 major labor market areas in November, according to unadjusted labor force estimates issued today by F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC).
 Edwards said most of the areas followed the statewide trend in November with higher unemployment rates caused by substantial labor force growth. Workers entered the job market seeking holiday employment, but the number of available jobs was unable to keep pace with the volume of jobseekers.
 Two areas -- Flint and Kalamazoo -- reported lower jobless rates in November. Unemployment dropped by nearly a percentage point in Flint, falling from 12.4 percent in October to 11.5 percent in November. In the Kalamazoo area, unemployment edged down by three-tenths of a point to 5.5 percent in November.
 "Some manufacturing job gains occurred in both areas, and when combined with normal seasonal retail hiring, jobless rates declined," Edwards said.
 Among the other labor markets, Jackson's jobless rate remained unchanged from October to November at 9.4 percent. The Upper Peninsula had the sharpest rate increase during the month and shared with the Muskegon area the highest November unemployment rate at 11.7 percent.
 The Upper Peninsula's jobless rate climbed by more than two and a half percentage points from 9.1 percent in October. Edwards said the increase was caused by seasonal declines in tourism-related jobs as well as drops in construction and lumbering employment.
 Nearly every area, except Flint, also reported higher unemployment rates this November than they did a year earlier.
 A breakdown of unadjusted labor force estimates for Michigan and for each of the 12 labor market areas follows:
 Nov. Oct. Nov.
 1991 1991 1990
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 168,800 166,100 165,200
 Total Employment 158,100 157,200 158,900
 Unemployment 10,700 8,900 6,300
 Rate (percent) 6.3 5.3 3.8
 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 63,700 63,000 64,500
 Total Employment 58,200 58,100 60,600
 Unemployment 5,500 5,000 3,900
 Rate (percent) 8.7 7.9 6.0
 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 77,900 78,500 77,400
 Total Employment 70,800 71,600 72,400
 Unemployment 7,100 6,900 5,000
 Rate (percent) 9.1 8.8 6.5
 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 2,111,000 2,089,000 2,125,000
 Total Employment 1,914,000 1,904,000 1,974,000
 Unemployment 197,000 185,000 150,000
 Rate (percent) 9.3 8.9 7.1
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5429.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 187,000 187,000 183,500
 Total Employment 165,400 163,700 161,300
 Unemployment 21,600 23,300 22,200
 Rate (percent) 11.5 12.4 12.1
 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 384,700 382,300 377,800
 Total Employment 357,400 356,100 356,500
 Unemployment 27,300 26,100 21,300
 Rate (percent) 7.1 6.8 5.6
 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 64,300 64,600 65,300
 Total Employment 58,300 58,600 60,500
 Unemployment 6,000 6,100 4,800
 Rate (percent) 9.4 9.4 7.4
 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 120,100 119,800 120,500
 Total Employment 113,400 112,800 115,300
 Unemployment 6,700 7,000 5,200
 Rate (percent) 5.5 5.8 4.3
 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 241,600 240,900 240,700
 Total Employment 227,200 226,800 229,200
 Unemployment 14,400 14,100 11,500
 Rate (percent) 6.0 5.9 4.8
 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 67,700 67,700 67,700
 Total Employment 59,700 59,800 61,600
 Unemployment 8,000 7,800 6,100
 Rate (percent) 11.7 11.6 9.1
 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 188,600 187,600 187,100
 Total Employment 174,000 173,400 173,300
 Unemployment 14,700 14,300 13,800
 Rate (percent) 7.8 7.6 7.4
 Contact -- Sandra St. Cyr, MESC area analyst, 517-753-6372, or Margaret Bugg, Saginaw MESC manager, 517-753-MESC.
 Upper Peninsula
 Civilian Labor Force 142,400 141,200 141,600
 Total Employment 125,700 128,300 129,400
 Unemployment 16,700 12,900 12,200
 Rate (percent) 11.7 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 4,564,000 4,536,000 4,545,000
 Total Employment 4,153,000 4,149,000 4,218,000
 Unemployment 411,000 386,000 326,000
 Rate (percent) 9.0 8.5 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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