Michigan Regional Unemployment Slightly Increases in February

Not seasonably adjusted jobless rates went up in 12 of the state’s 17 labor markets last month.

According to data released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, labor market area unemployment rates ranged from 3.7% to 9.2% in February.

Additionally, jobless rates moved up from 0.1 to 0.5 percentage points, with a small median increase of two-tenths of a percentage point.

Due to regional auto-related layoffs, the biggest over-the-month jobless rate increase occurred in the Monroe metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Lansing, Flint and Muskegon MSAs recorded small unemployment rate reductions last month, while jobless rates did not change in the Battle Creek and Niles-Benton Harbor metro areas.

On the other hand, employment totals increased in 12 of Michigan’s labor markets last month with an increase of 0.5%

According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the biggest over-the-month gain happened in the Lansing MSA.

They say the Saginaw MSA was the only region with an employment decrease over Feb. by -0.3%, while the Northeast Lower Michigan region and the Bay City, Monroe and Muskegon MSAs all registered no employment changes.

Moreover, employment additions happened in all 17 Michigan labor market areas over the year, with a median increase of 2.3%.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget states between Jan. and Feb., 15 labor markets had workforce increases, with a median gain of 0.5%.

They state the biggest labor force increase happened in the Lansing metro area (1.6%), and workforce levels decreased slightly in the Muskegon and Saginaw MSAs.

Over the year, 13 state regions showed labor force additions, led by the Detroit metro area by 3.7%.

Michigan also saw not seasonably adjusted payroll jobs increase last month by 27,000 (0.6%).

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget states that the most pronounced over-the-month seasonal employment additions happened in the government section (+13,000) as schools and universities returned to classes after the holidays.

Meanwhile, the professional and business services sector also saw an increase by 11,000 and payroll jobs increased in Michigan’s metro areas over Feb. with a median increase of 1.0%.

The largest job gain happened in the Lansing metro area (+2.4%) because of recalls in the auto industry, although auto layoffs were registered last month in the Detroit MSA.

Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget states since Feb. 2021, total state payroll employment advanced by 171,000 (4.2%).

All 14 metro areas recorded nonfarm job additions with a median over the year increase of 3.9%.

59 Michigan counties saw jobless rate increases over last month with the most pronounced jobless rate advance happening in Monroe County. 13 counties recorded rate declines, and 11 counties showed no rate changes.

Over the year, unemployment rates dropped in 81 counties.

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