Jobless Rates Stable Statewide
LANSING — Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were little changed in September, increasing slightly over the month in 14 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas, according to the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth. In September, total employment levels declined in most regions while labor force levels were mixed throughout the various areas. The state’s unemployment rate stood at 7 percent, up from 6.6 percent in the same month a year ago.
“Offsetting forces kept jobless rates little changed throughout the state in September,” said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.
In the Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area, the unemployment rate stood at 6 percent, a slight increase over the 5.9 percent in August and the 5.8 percent in September 2006. In the local MSA, a total of 24,700 people out of a civilian labor force of 409,600 were unemployed in September of this year.
In the Holland-Grand Haven MSA, the jobless rate was 5.6 percent in September, while the Muskegon-Norton Shores area showed a 7.3 percent unemployment rate.