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SEPTEMBER JOBLESS RATES DROP IN MOST AREAS

 SEPTEMBER JOBLESS RATES DROP IN MOST AREAS
 DETROIT, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Unemployment rates dropped in eight


of Michigan's 12 major labor market areas in September, according to work force estimates prepared by the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC) and not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations.
 "The Detroit area jobless rate rose slightly while rates in the Benton Harbor, Lansing and the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) remained unchanged from August to September," MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said. "Over the year, however, all areas, but the U.P., had lower unemployment rates this September than they did in September 1991."
 Most areas reported job gains in manufacturing and government during September. There were callbacks in the auto industry and increases in government employment as local schools resumed classes for the fall term.
 Seasonal job losses occurred in the trade and service sectors as the summer tourism season drew to a close.
 In September most labor markets had fewer workers in their labor forces and fewer workers with jobs as those either holding or looking for seasonal employment began dropping out of the job market. The Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo areas were the exceptions, however, because of strong employment increases among their area colleges and universities.
 Among the major labor markets, the Ann Arbor area had the lowest September rate at 5.0 percent, while the Flint area had the highest rate at 12.1 percent.
 The Flint area also reported the greatest change as its jobless rate dropped by nearly a full point from 13.0 percent in August.
 "A drop in the size of Flint's work force, caused by seasonal workers leaving the job market, resulted in the area's unemployment rate decline," Edwards explained.
 In the Detroit area, which was the only area to have a jobless rate increase, the rate edged up to 8.7 percent from 8.5 percent in August.
 "The seven-county Detroit area reported seasonal job losses in the retail trade. In addition, employment among local schools was down due to the Detroit public school strike," Edwards said.
 A breakdown of unadjusted September labor force estimates for Michigan and its major labor markets follows:
 Sept. Aug. Sept.
 1992 1992 1991
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 160,500 156,500 159,200
 Total Employment 152,400 148,100 149,200
 Unemployment 8,000 8,400 10,000
 Rate (percent) 5.0 5.4 6.3
 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 64,100 64,800 62,800
 Total Employment 59,400 60,000 57,600
 Unemployment 4,700 4,900 5,200
 Rate (percent) 7.3 7.5 8.2
 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 79,400 81,400 78,100
 Total Employment 72,500 74,400 70,900
 Unemployment 6,900 7,100 7,300
 Rate (percent) 8.7 8.7 9.3
 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 2,171,000 2,210,000 2,093,000
 Total Employment 1,982,000 2,021,000 1,893,000
 Unemployment 189,000 189,000 200,000
 Rate (percent) 8.7 8.5 9.6
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 191,100 192,800 184,800
 Total Employment 168,000 167,800 159,700
 Unemployment 23,200 25,000 25,200
 Rate (percent) 12.1 13.0 13.6
 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 387,300 389,000 383,900
 Total Employment 360,200 360,700 354,500
 Unemployment 27,100 28,400 29,500
 Rate (percent) 7.0 7.3 7.7
 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 67,400 68,500 64,400
 Total Employment 60,900 61,700 57,700
 Unemployment 6,500 6,800 6,700
 Rate (percent) 9.7 10.0 10.4
 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 120,700 119,800 117,900
 Total Employment 113,900 113,000 110,300
 Unemployment 6,800 6,800 7,600
 Rate (percent) 5.6 5.7 6.4
 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 234,400 235,700 230,400
 Total Employment 220,800 222,000 215,000
 Unemployment 13,600 13,700 15,400
 Rate (percent) 5.8 5.8 6.7
 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 69,400 70,800 67,700
 Total Employment 61,600 62,400 59,300
 Unemployment 7,800 8,400 8,400
 Rate (percent) 11.2 11.9 12.5
 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 188,600 191,100 185,700
 Total Employment 173,600 175,400 170,700
 Unemployment 15,100 15,700 15,000
 Rate (percent) 8.0 8.2 8.1
 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 143,600 148,700 145,300
 Total Employment 129,700 134,300 132,400
 Unemployment 13,900 14,400 12,900
 Rate (percent) 9.7 9.7 8.9
 Contact -- Kathy Salow, MESC area analyst, 906-226-7543, or Richard Windberg, district manager, 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,622,000 4,705,000 4,510,000
 Total Employment 4,231,000 4,304,000 4,093,000
 Unemployment 391,000 401,000 417,000
 Rate (percent) 8.5 8.5 9.2
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
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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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