Unemployment, Workforce Down For Most of Michigan

LANSING – All but one of Michigan’s labor markets saw unemployment fall in August, but 16 of the 17 also saw their workforce decline, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget said in a report Thursday.

The majority of the markets also saw higher unemployment rates last month than they did in August 2016, the report said.

Grand Rapids-Wyoming saw the lowest unemployment in August at 3.8 percent, followed closely by Ann Arbor at 3.9 percent. The highest unemployment was 6.3 percent in the Northeast Lower Peninsula. All of those were down from July, though Grand Rapids was up from August 2016.

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, the state’s largest market, saw 4.4 percent unemployment, even with July and down substantially from the 6.1 percent rate in August 2016. It was the only region to see its workforce increase, 0.6 percent to 2.108 million people, from July and the only to see unemployment fall from August 2016.

Overall, the state added 7,000 payroll jobs to a total 4.391 million. Manufacturing showed the only substantial job gains, 9,000, but that was almost offset by losses of 4,000 in education and health services and 3,000 in leisure and hospitality services.

Among counties, Livingston and Mackinac had the lowest unemployment at 3.2 percent, while Montmorency had the highest at 8.9 percent. Wayne County was 43rd at 5.5 percent, Oakland was third at 3.5 percent, Macomb was 12th at 4.2 percent and Kent was sixth at 3.8 percent.

This story was published by Gongwer News Service