Michigan regional jobless rates decrease in November

Not seasonally adjusted jobless rates moved down in 14 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas between October and November, according to data released Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

“Employment rose in most regional labor markets in November,” said Wayne Rourke, associate director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. “However, seasonal employment reductions occurred in the Northeast and Northwest Lower Michigan regions and the Upper Peninsula.” 

Regional unemployment rate decreases ranged from 0.3 to 0.7 percentage points in November. Seasonal rate increases were recorded in the Upper Peninsula and Northeast Lower Michigan region. The jobless rate was unchanged in the Northwest Lower Michigan region during November.

—Regional unemployment rates fall over year

All 17 Michigan regions exhibited jobless rate reductions over the year, with a median decrease of 1.3 percentage points. 

November regional jobless rates remained above pre-pandemic November 2019 levels. All 17 labor market areas had jobless rate increases over the past two years, with a median advance of 1.5 percentage points.  

—Employment up over month, down since pre-pandemic levels

Fourteen labor market areas had employment advances over the month. Increases ranged from 0.4 to 2.1 percent, with a median addition of 1.2 percent. The Northeast and Northwest Lower Michigan regions and the Upper Peninsula all recorded seasonal employment declines in November.

All 17 Michigan regions registered employment levels below pre-pandemic November 2019 totals, with a median decrease of 6.8 percent over the two-year period.

—Labor force levels increase over month, decrease over year

Fourteen Michigan regions recorded workforce gains between October and November, with a median advance of 0.7 percent. The Northeast and Northwest Lower Michigan regions and the Upper Peninsula all had seasonal labor force decreases over the month.

All 17 labor market areas recorded workforce cuts since November 2020.

—Regional nonfarm jobs up slightly in November

According to the monthly survey of employers, not seasonally adjusted Michigan nonfarm jobs edged up by 9,000, or 0.2 percent, during November, resulting in a payroll job total of 4,277,000. Employment rose in November in most major industries. The sectors with the largest seasonal job reductions over the month included leisure and hospitality (-11,000) and construction (-5,000).

Ten metro areas added payroll jobs over the month with a median advance of 0.5 percent. Nonfarm jobs inched down in the Monroe, Niles, and Bay City regions and remained unchanged in the Muskegon metro area.

Statewide nonfarm employment moved up by 150,000, or 3.6 percent, over the year. Thirteen metro areas recorded payroll job additions since November 2020, with a median gain of 3.4 percent.

—County unemployment rates decline over month and year

Fifty-five Michigan counties exhibited jobless rate decreases over the month. Eighty-one counties displayed unemployment rate drops over the year.