Lenawee County unemployment rate steady at 7.6 percent increases slightly across state

LANSING — Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased moderately in 13 of the state’s 17 major labor market regions in June, according to the Michigan department of Technology, Management and Budget. Lenawee County saw its unemployment rate remain steady at 7.6 percent from May to June. Lenawee County’s unemployment rate is down from 9.4 percent in June 2013. Forty-four of Michigan’s 88 counties recorded unemployment rate increases in June. Jobless rates declined in 31 counties over the month. The rates in eight counties went unchanged. “The labor market situation in Michigan’s local labor markets in June was very typical for this time of the year,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. “A large number of job seekers entered the workforce as seasonal hiring accelerated. Due to the labor force expansion, jobless rates edged upward over the month as not all job seekers found employment. However, area jobless rates were well below the rates in June 2013.”The unemployment rate increases from May to June were relatively small, with an average increase of 0.4 of a percentage point. Unemployment rates declined in June in the state’s three northernmost labor market areas. In all, all 17 major labor market areas in the state reported jobless rates below 10 percent. Year over year, jobless rates have fallen, while total employment rates increased in 14 regions and fell in two. From June 2013 to June 2014, total employment advanced in 16 of the state’s 17 regions, with a median increase of 2.7 percent. From May to June, labor force levels increased in 15 areas, though two, Lansing-East Lansing and Ann Arbor MSAs saw a seasonal decline in workforce over the month. Workforce levels have increased in 13 regions, while falling in four. Private sector jobs rose by 37,000, led by 16,000 additional jobs in leisure and hospitality services. Manufacturing saw 12,000 jobs added due to continued recalls in the auto industry from April’s short-term layoffs. Government jobs fell by 15,000 over June as seasonal cutbacks occurred in state and local government education beginning with the start of summer break at area schools and universities.

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