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OCTOBER JOBLESS RATES DROP IN 10 MAJOR MICHIGAN METRO AREAS

 DETROIT, Nov. 30 ~PRNewswire~ -- Unemployment rates in 10 of Michigan's 12 major labor market areas declined in October, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), reported today.
 "Only the Battle Creek and Lansing areas had increases in their jobless rates from September to October," Edwards said.
 Most areas had employment growth in October due to job gains in local government, retail trade and among eating and drinking establishments. The government increase occurred largely with several local school districts, which were delayed in opening because of labor disputes and, consequently, were not included in the September employment report.
 Among the 12 labor markets, the Ann Arbor area had the lowest October jobless rate at 4.5 percent.
 The Flint area had the largest month-to-month change. Its unemployment rate fell by nearly a percentage point, dropping to 11.5 percent in October from 12.4 percent in September. The decline, however, still left the area with the highest jobless rate among the major labor markets.
 "The Flint area had a substantial rate decline because of worker callbacks in the local automotive and auto-related industries," Edwards explained.
 Job losses among seasonal employers and local manufacturers resulted in a higher unemployment rate in the Battle Creek area, while auto- related layoffs and an increase in the number of workers entering the job market pushed up the Lansing area rate.
 Unemployment in Battle Creek edged up two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.4 percent in October. The Lansing area rate climbed by nearly half a point to 6.0 percent from 5.6 percent in September.
 Every area, but Lansing, also reported lower unemployment rates this October than they did in October 1991. The Lansing rate, because of the auto layoffs, was a tenth of a point higher this year.
 A breakdown of labor force estimates for Michigan and each major labor market area follows:
 Oct. Sept. Oct.
 1992 1992 1991
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 167,400 163,200 163,900
 Total Employment 159,800 155,100 155,100
 Unemployment 7,600 8,200 8,800
 Rate (percent) 4.5 5.0 5.4
 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 65,000 65,000 62,800
 Total Employment 60,200 60,300 57,900
 Unemployment 4,800 4,700 4,900
 Rate (percent) 7.4 7.2 7.8
 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 80,000 79,400 79,200
 Total Employment 73,300 72,500 72,300
 Unemployment 6,700 6,900 6,900
 Rate (percent) 8.4 8.7 8.7
 Contact -- Bruce Weaver, MESC analyst, 313-876-5427, 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 2,114,000 2,123,000 2,098,000
 Total Employment 1,936,000 1,935,000 1,912,000
 Unemployment 179,000 188,000 185,000
 Rate (percent) 8.5 8.9 8.8
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 186,000 185,300 185,000
 Total Employment 164,500 162,200 161,600
 Unemployment 21,500 23,100 23,400
 Rate (percent) 11.5 12.4 12.6
 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 396,100 395,400 386,500
 Total Employment 371,100 368,200 360,300
 Unemployment 25,100 27,200 26,300
 Rate (percent) 6.3 6.9 6.8
 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 66,500 66,600 64,400
 Total Employment 60,300 60,100 58,300
 Unemployment 6,200 6,500 6,100
 Rate (percent) 9.3 9.8 9.5
 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 121,500 119,900 119,100
 Total Employment 114,900 113,100 112,200
 Unemployment 6,500 6,800 7,000
 Rate (percent) 5.4 5.6 5.8
 Contact -- Bruce Weaver, MESC analyst, 313-876-5427, or Mike Williams, acting Kalamazoo MESC manager, 616-349-9621.
 Lansing MSA
 (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 244,400 242,400 240,500
 Total Employment 229,800 228,800 226,300
 Unemployment 14,600 13,700 14,100
 Rate (percent) 6.0 5.6 5.9
 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 67,100 68,100 67,200
 Total Employment 59,600 60,300 59,300
 Unemployment 7,500 7,800 7,900
 Rate (percent) 11.1 11.4 11.8
 Contact -- Richard Kemler, MESC area analyst, 616-361-3258, or Don Walker, Muskegon MESC manager, 616-739-8900.
 Saginaw-Bay-Midland MSA
 (Saginaw, Bay, Midland counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 190,300 191,500 186,900
 Total Employment 176,400 176,500 172,600
 Unemployment 13,900 15,100 14,200
 Rate (percent) 7.3 7.9 7.6
 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 150,100 152,300 144,100
 Total Employment 136,900 138,300 131,200
 Unemployment 13,200 14,000 12,900
 Rate (percent) 8.8 9.2 9.0
 Contact -- Kathy Salow, MESC area analyst, 906-226-7543, or Richard Windberg, Marquette MESC manager, 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,614,000 4,622,000 4,536,000
 Total Employment 4,240,000 4,231,000 4,149,000
 Unemployment 374,000 391,000 386,000
 Rate (percent) 8.1 8.5 8.5
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
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 ~CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of the Michigan Employment Security Commission, 313-876-5488~


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