December jobless rates increase

Lansing – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates rose in all of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in December, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.  Total employment levels decreased in most regions over the month, while labor force levels increased in the majority of areas.

“December labor market activity throughout the state was fairly normal as unemployment rates typically increase going into the winter months,” said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.  “Michigan’s local labor market situation improved in 2012, as annual jobless rates fell for the second consecutive year in every major labor market area in the state.”

Increases ranged from 0.5 to 2.5 percentage points with a median hike of 1.3 percentage points.  Seven Michigan regions recorded 2012 annual rates below the national annual rate of 8.1 percent.

Over the month, total employment declined in 15 regions, showing a moderate median decrease of 0.8 percent.

Since December 2011, total employment rose in 11 regions with gains averaging around 1.5 percent.

December payroll jobs declined in all 14 Michigan metropolitan areas.  Seasonal job reductions ranged from 0.1 to 1.6 percent throughout the various metro regions, with an average drop of 0.9 percent.  Nearly all areas recorded job cuts in construction, professional and business services and government.

Retail trade jobs throughout the state were little changed from November to December.  However over the holiday hiring season from September to December, retail trade jobs rose by 15,000.  This increase was about the same as 2011, but was slightly above the average of the prior five years.

All of Michigan’s 83 counties recorded jobless rate increases in December, with a significant median advance of 1.7 percentage points.  These hikes were seasonal with the largest increases located in the state’s northern areas.  In December, 18 Michigan counties displayed jobless rates at or below the national non-seasonally adjusted rate of 7.6 percent.

From December 2011 to December 2012, unemployment rates decreased in 71 Michigan counties, with a half percentage point median decline.  Eleven counties registered mostly minor rate increases over this period, while one county’s rate was unchanged.

Dec-11

Nov-12

Dec-12

% change

% change

UPPER PENINSULA LMA

month

year

(15 counties)
Civilian Labor Force

144,300

143,500

144,000

0.3%

-0.2%

Total Employment

130,300

132,800

130,500

-1.7%

0.2%

Unemployment

13,900

10,800

13,500

25.0%

-2.9%

Rate (percent)

9.7

7.5

9.4

MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE                                                 DECEMBER 2012

1

Washtenaw County

5.1

43

Mason County

9.6

2

Clinton County

5.9

44

Alpena County

9.6

3

Eaton County

6.2

45

Tuscola County

9.8

4

Kent County

6.2

46

Macomb County

9.9

5

Isabella County

6.2

47

Kalkaska County

9.9

6

Barry County

6.3

48

Sanilac County

10.1

7

Ottawa County

6.3

49

Osceola County

10.4

8

Kalamazoo County

6.6

50

Montcalm County

10.4

9

Midland County

6.7

51

Ogemaw County

10.5

10

Allegan County

6.9

52

Crawford County

10.5

11

Menominee County

6.9

53

Manistee County

10.6

12

Ingham County

7.1

54

Benzie County

10.7

13

Calhoun County

7.1

55

Missaukee County

10.8

14

Marquette County

7.3

56

Chippewa County

11.1

15

Dickinson County

7.5

57

Otsego County

11.1

16

St. Joseph County

7.6

58

Alger County

11.3

17

Monroe County

7.6

59

Iosco County

11.4

18

Ionia County

7.6

60

Wayne County

11.4

19

Leelanau County

8.0

61

Clare County

11.5

20

Grand Traverse County

8.0

62

Wexford County

11.6

21

Jackson County

8.1

63

Charlevoix County

11.6

22

Branch County

8.1

64

Oceana County

11.9

23

Cass County

8.1

65

Antrim County

11.9

24

Houghton County

8.3

66

Roscommon County

11.9

25

Bay County

8.3

67

St. Clair County

12.3

26

Saginaw County

8.4

68

Luce County

12.4

27

Huron County

8.5

69

Gladwin County

12.4

28

Newaygo County

8.5

70

Lake County

12.6

29

Livingston County

8.5

71

Emmet County

12.7

30

Oakland County

8.6

72

Schoolcraft County

12.7

31

Muskegon County

8.6

73

Arenac County

12.8

32

Lenawee County

8.6

74

Lapeer County

13.2

33

Gratiot County

8.7

75

Ontonagon County

13.4

34

Berrien County

8.8

76

Cheboygan County

13.7

35

Mecosta County

8.9

77

Alcona County

14.8

36

Genesee County

9.1

78

Oscoda County

15.5

37

Shiawassee County

9.1

79

Keweenaw County

15.9

38

Gogebic County

9.2

80

Presque Isle County

16.2

39

Iron County

9.3

81

Montmorency County

16.5

40

Hillsdale County

9.4

82

Mackinac County

17.9

41

Delta County

9.5

83

Baraga County

18.3

42

Van Buren County

9.5