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UNADJUSTED JANUARY JOBLESS RATES DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE YEAR IN ALL AREAS OF MICHIGAN

 DETROIT, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- January unemployment rates in Michigan's 12 major labor markets were down sharply over their year-ago levels, averaging declines of more than one and a half percentage points, according to labor force estimates compiled by the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC) and not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations.
 "Although the unadjusted jobless rates were true to their normal December to January pattern," MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said, "the unemployment rate improvement from January 1992 to January 1993 is a positive sign that Michigan and its major labor markets are moving out of recession."
 During the month, unadjusted jobless rates climbed from their December levels in all of the state's major labor markets.
 "Normally, unemployment climbs in January as workers hired temporarily for the Christmas holiday period are released from their jobs," Edwards explained. "There are also seasonal employment declines in other areas such as the construction and food and kindred industries."
 Additional sectors reporting lower employment levels from December to January were business services, local education, automotive, hotels, amusements and recreation, and eating and drinking establishments.
 Among the major labor markets, the Ann Arbor area registered the lowest January 1993 unemployment rate at 4.2 percent.
 The Upper Peninsula reported the highest rate and the greatest change from December to January as its jobless rate climbed from 9.8 percent to 11.1 percent.
 Edwards noted that the labor force data issued today for the major labor markets are preliminary estimates.
 "These preliminary estimates reflect the 1992 industry employment benchmark as well as the first phase of the 1990 Census adjustments," Edwards said. "The transition from 1980 to 1990 Census will continue as more detailed data are released by the Census Bureau."
 Labor force estimates for each major labor market area and Michigan follow:
 Jan. Dec. Jan.
 1993 1992 1992
 Ann Arbor MSA
 (Washtenaw County)
 Civilian Labor Force 163,800 166,700 162,900
 Total Employment 156,900 160,200 154,100
 Unemployment 6,800 6,600 8,800
 Rate (percent) 4.2 3.9 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 63,800 65,300 64,000
 Total Employment 59,400 60,900 58,700
 Unemployment 4,400 4,400 5,300
 Rate (percent) 6.9 6.7 8.3
 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 77,900 78,300 77,500
 Total Employment 71,400 72,500 69,900
 Unemployment 6,500 5,800 7,700
 Rate (percent) 8.4 7.4 9.9
 Contact -- Douglas Dow, 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 2,128,000 2,154,000 2,125,000
 Total Employment 1,961,000 1,998,000 1,913,000
 Unemployment 167,000 155,000 211,000
 Rate (percent) 7.8 7.2 10.0
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
 Flint MSA
 (Genesee County)
 Civilian Labor Force 182,000 182,000 184,700
 Total Employment 164,200 165,300 160,200
 Unemployment 17,800 16,700 24,500
 Rate (percent) 9.8 9.2 13.2
 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 387,800 393,200 387,400
 Total Employment 365,100 371,500 358,400
 Unemployment 22,700 21,600 29,000
 Rate (percent) 5.9 5.5 7.5
 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 65,100 65,800 65,200
 Total Employment 59,400 60,600 58,400
 Unemployment 5,700 5,200 6,700
 Rate (percent) 8.8 8.0 10.3
 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 122,400 123,600 121,100
 Total Employment 116,500 117,900 114,200
 Unemployment 5,900 5,700 7,000
 Rate (percent) 4.8 4.6 5.7
 Contact -- Douglas Dow, MESC area analyst, 616-349-9621, or Mike Williams, acting Kalamazoo MESC manager, 616-349-9621.
 Lansing MSA
 (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties)
 Civilian Labor Force 239,500 241,200 241,300
 Total Employment 227,300 229,400 226,200
 Unemployment 12,200 11,800 15,100
 Rate (percent) 5.1 4.9 6.3
 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 65,100 65,600 66,900
 Total Employment 58,100 59,000 58,400
 Unemployment 7,000 6,600 8,500
 Rate (percent) 10.7 10.1 12.7
 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 187,100 189,400 188,200
 Total Employment 173,200 177,000 171,700
 Unemployment 13,800 12,400 16,500
 Rate (percent) 7.4 6.6 8.8
 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 145,900 145,900 145,200
 Total Employment 129,700 131,600 127,200
 Unemployment 16,200 14,300 18,000
 Rate (percent) 11.1 9.8 12.4
 Contact -- Kathy Salow, MESC area analyst, 906-226-7543, or Richard Windberg, Marquette MESC manager, 906-226-7543.
 Michigan
 Civilian Labor Force 4,562,000 4,611,000 4,564,000
 Total Employment 4,205,000 4,281,000 4,116,000
 Unemployment 357,000 331,000 448,000
 Rate (percent) 7.8 7.2 9.8
 Contact -- Brenda Njiwaji, 313-876-5427.
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 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/


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