MDCD Reports Jobless Rate Hikes

January 10, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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LANSING — The Michigan Department of Career Development announced that the November seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in 10 of Michigan’s 12 major labor market areas.

Employment and labor force levels were mixed, with most areas recording little change over the month. The three northern-most labor market areas registered large seasonal declines in both employment and labor force levels.

“Throughout many areas in the state, the labor market situation was relatively stable and typical for November,” said John Palmer, deputy director for Workforce Programs, MDCD. “However, the three northern labor market areas recorded significant unemployment rate increases due to expected seasonal declines in tourism-related employment.”

From October to November, Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland employment levels increased less than 1 percent. Unemployment declines were also small in these areas, decreasing around 0.5 percent.

Total employment numbers rose from 593,900 to 594,600 and unemployment rose from 34,500 to 35,700 between the two months.

From November 2001 to November 2002, unemployment rates fell in 11 of the state’s major labor market areas, with a median decline of 0.7 percent.

Over the year, employment levels saw miniscule gains in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland. Numbers rose from 630,200 to 630,300.

The monthly survey of employers indicated that seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan edged upward in November by 1,000 to total 4,592,000.

Employment gains in retail trade were up 9,000 and government was up 5,000, but those were offset by seasonal job cuts in construction, which was down by 6,000 and service, which was down by 4,000. The remaining industry sectors throughout the state’s major areas showed little change.

For more information on the MDCD’s findings visit the department’s Web site at           

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