Michigan Unemployment down in September

The Upper Peninsula had the highest…and the lowest unemployment number for September.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment numbers were released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.  Total employment levels increased in the majority of regions over the month, while labor force levels declined in most areas.

Baraga County came in at 13.6%; Mackinac County at 3.6%.  (The entire 83 county list is posted below.)

“Typical labor market patterns were evident in September throughout Michigan’s local areas,” said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.  “However since September 2011, labor market trends have been favorable, as jobless rates fell markedly in all areas and employment gains were positive.”

From August to September, regional jobless rate reductions were primarily seasonal and ranged in the narrow band of 0.7 to 1.2 percentage points with a median drop of a full percentage point.  In September, eleven major regions in Michigan displayed jobless rates at or below the U.S. seasonally unadjusted rate of 7.6 percent.  Sixteen of the 17 areas recorded September rates below 10.0 percent, while six regions posted rates under 7.0 percent.

Sep-11

Aug-12

Sep-12

% change

% change

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

month

year

(15 counties)
Civilian Labor Force

147,600

149,300

148,200

-0.7%

0.4%

Total Employment

134,700

136,800

137,500

0.5%

2.1%

Unemployment

13,000

12,500

10,700

-14.4%

-17.7%

Rate (percent)

8.8

8.4

7.2

 

Sep-11

Aug-12

Sep-12

% change

% change

MICHIGAN  (Data in thousands)

month

year

Civilian Labor Force

4,655

4,703

4,667

-0.8%

0.3%

Total Employment

4,200

4,269

4,282

0.3%

2.0%

Unemployment

455

434

385

-11.3%

-15.4%

Rate (percent)

9.8

9.2

8.2

 

Note:

The table above contains seasonally unadjusted data for Michigan for 2012 and 2011, which should be used in comparison with data for Michigan regions or counties.

 

DTMB released earlier the seasonally adjusted September 2012 unemployment rate for Michigan (9.3 percent), which is best used for:

 

  • Identifying recent Michigan workforce trends
  • Conducting comparisons with unemployment rates for the U.S. and other states

 

  COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SEPTEMBER 2012

1

Mackinac County

3.6

43

Muskegon County

8.0

2

Washtenaw County

5.0

44

Shiawassee County

8.1

3

Clinton County

5.1

45

Manistee County

8.2

4

Cheboygan County

5.3

46

Ogemaw County

8.2

5

Eaton County

5.3

47

Missaukee County

8.3

6

Barry County

5.5

48

Tuscola County

8.3

7

Isabella County

5.6

49

Alger County

8.4

8

Leelanau County

5.7

50

Crawford County

8.4

9

Ottawa County

5.8

51

Emmet County

8.4

10

Allegan County

5.9

52

Genesee County

8.4

11

Kent County

5.9

53

Hillsdale County

8.4

12

Kalamazoo County

6.1

54

Kalkaska County

8.4

13

Midland County

6.1

55

Antrim County

8.5

14

Marquette County

6.2

56

Chippewa County

8.5

15

Menominee County

6.3

57

Oceana County

8.5

16

Cass County

6.4

58

Oakland County

8.6

17

Huron County

6.4

59

Sanilac County

8.6

18

Calhoun County

6.5

60

Osceola County

8.7

19

Dickinson County

6.5

61

Charlevoix County

8.8

20

Grand Traverse County

6.6

62

Gogebic County

8.9

21

Newaygo County

6.7

63

Schoolcraft County

9.0

22

Ionia County

6.8

64

Otsego County

9.1

23

Houghton County

6.9

65

Roscommon County

9.1

24

Ingham County

6.9

66

Iosco County

9.4

25

Iron County

7.1

67

Montcalm County

9.5

26

Monroe County

7.1

68

Arenac County

9.7

27

Bay County

7.3

69

Macomb County

9.7

28

Benzie County

7.3

70

Alcona County

9.8

29

Delta County

7.3

71

Clare County

9.8

30

St. Joseph County

7.3

72

Lapeer County

9.8

31

Branch County

7.4

73

Lake County

10.0

32

Jackson County

7.4

74

Luce County

10.0

33

Mason County

7.5

75

Wexford County

10.4

34

Mecosta County

7.5

76

St. Clair County

10.6

35

Livingston County

7.6

77

Ontonagon County

10.7

36

Saginaw County

7.6

78

Presque Isle County

10.8

37

Van Buren County

7.6

79

Gladwin County

10.9

38

Alpena County

7.7

80

Wayne County

11.3

39

Lenawee County

7.7

81

Oscoda County

12.4

40

Berrien County

7.8

82

Montmorency County

12.6

41

Keweenaw County

7.8

83

Baraga County

13.6

42

Gratiot County

7.9