Unemployment rates drop in all Michigan regions in September

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LANSING, Mich. — Unadjusted unemployment rates fell in all 17 Michigan labor market zones between August and September, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

“Michigan regional labor markets posted typical workforce reductions in September,” said Wayne Rourke, associate director of the Office of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. “Wage-paying jobs have increased largely due to the reopening of local schools and colleges for the fall.”

Michigan labor market zone unemployment rates ranged from 3.2 to 5.5 percent in September, with a median decline of five tenths of a percentage point. The Lansing Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) posted the largest reduction in the unemployment rate during the month (-0.8 percentage points).

Unemployment rates fell in 16 labor market sectors over the year, with a median drop of 0.8 percentage points. The Upper Peninsula is the only region that has not seen a decline in the unemployment rate over the year, with the unemployment rate remaining unchanged since September 2021.

Regional employment down over one month, up over one year
Job declines occurred in 10 Michigan regions during the month, with a median reduction of 0.6%. The northwest region of Lower Michigan posted the largest employment decline during the month (-3.1%). Six Michigan regions have posted employment increases since August, led by the Lansing MSA (+2.2%). The level of employment in the Jackson metropolitan area remained unchanged during the month.

All 17 Michigan labor market zones showed employment gains over the year, with a median increase of 3.6%. The largest increase in employment during the year occurred at MSA Lansing.

Regional labor force levels down month on month, up year on year
Thirteen Michigan labor market areas posted declines in the labor force during the month, with a median reduction of 0.9%. The largest decline in the labor force occurred in the northwest region of Lower Michigan (-3.3%). Workforce advances occurred in four regions during the month, led by Lansing MSA (+1.3%).

Sixteen Michigan regions posted increases in the labor force over the year, led by the northwest region of Lower Michigan (+4.4%).

Increase in salaried employment in the metropolitan area in September
Michigan’s non-seasonally-adjusted non-farm payrolls rose 14,000 in the month, or 0.3%, according to the Monthly Employer Survey, driving total employment to 4,382,000. in September. The industry’s largest increase during the month occurred in the state’s public sector as hiring continued for the fall semester at local schools and universities (+41,000) .

Ten metro areas in Michigan recorded increases in non-farm payrolls between August and September, with a median increase of 0.7%. The biggest employment gain during the month occurred in the MSA of Lansing (+3.2%). Payroll jobs fell in three metropolitan areas, led by Niles-Benton Harbor (-0.5%). Employment was unchanged in the Midland MSA.

Payroll jobs in the state increased by 136,000 during the year, or 3.2%. Thirteen metropolitan areas recorded employment gains during the year, with a median increase of 1.8%.

County unemployment rates decline over months and years
Seventy-nine counties in Michigan posted reductions in the unemployment rate between August and September. Unemployment rates have fallen in 67 counties since September 2021.

For more detailed information, including data tables, see the full version.

To note: The data in this release are not seasonally adjusted. As a result, employment and unemployment trends may differ from seasonally adjusted Michigan data released previously.

A breakdown of unadjusted September labor force estimates for Michigan and its 17 major labor markets follows, along with a ranking of county unemployment rates for September.

Note to editors: Please ensure that the source for state unemployment rates indicates “Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget”.

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