UPPER THUMB — For the second month in a row, jobless numbers in the Tri-County area decreased in October, according to new unemployment data issued Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.
The unemployment rate in the entire Thumb Area Works! Area (Thumb Area MWA), decreased from 17.1 percent in September to 16.5 percent in October, according to the report DELEG issued Tuesday.
The Thumb Area MWA includes Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac and Lapeer counties. Local statistics for each of those counties were issued by small labor market areas included in the Mid-Michigan region which in addition to the Thumb, includes Midland, Shiawassee, Clare, Roscommon, Gladwin, Iosco, Ogemaw and Arenac.
The DELEG report states the region’s 12 smaller market areas showed mix movements over the month, with eight showing slight decreases in unemployment rates.
The Huron Labor Market Area exhibited the largest decline in the jobless rate in October. October’s rate was 13.7 percent, which is 1.1 percent less than the 14.8 percent reported for the month of September.
There remains a total of 2,125 unemployed in the Huron Labor Market Area, which is 175 less than the previous month, but 750 more than in October 2008, when Huron’s unemployment rate was 8.4 percent.
The Sanilac Labor Market also exhibited a decrease in its unemployment rate, from 17.8 percent in September to 16.9 percent in October.
As of October, there were 3,425 unemployed in the Sanilac Labor Market Area, which is 175 less than the previous month, but 1,100 more than in October 2008, when Sanilac’s unemployment rate was 11.2 percent.
The Midland Labor Market Area continued to post the lowest jobless rate among the region’s 12 smaller labor market areas, as the report shows its unemployment rate is 10 percent, which is a slight decrease from the 10.2 percent in September.
There remains a total of 4,250 unemployed in the Midland Labor Market Area, which is 75 less than the previous month, but 1,575 more than in October 2008, when Midland’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.
The DELEG’s report states that for the second consecutive month, the Lapeer Labor Market Area recorded the highest jobless rate in the region at 17.7 percent. This was a slight decrease, however, from the 18 percent posted in September.
As of October, there remains a total of 7,575 unemployed in the Lapeer Labor Market Area, which is 100 less than the previous month, but 3,325 more than in October 2008, when Lapeer’s unemployment rate was 9.8 percent.
The Tuscola Labor Market Area, which exhibited the largest reduction in employment in the month of September, also saw a slight decrease in its unemployment rate during the month of October. The DELEG’s report states Tuscola’s jobless rate in October was 16 percent, compared to the 16.3 percent posted for the month of September.
There remains 4,275 unemployed in this county, which is 100 less than the previous month, but 1,425 more than in October 2008, when Tuscola’s unemployment rate was 10.4 percent.
Statewide, Michigan’s unemployment rate decreased from 14.8 percent in September to 14.3 percent in October. The state’s unemployment rate in October 2008 was 8.7 percent.
As of October, there remains a total of 693,700 unemployed in Michigan. That is 18,700 less than were unemployed last month, but 266,500 more than in October 2008.
Regional Economic Analyst Rhea Acuna, for the DELEG’s Bureau of Labor Market Information, said on Tuesday that the local area unemployment data for the month of November is scheduled to be released Jan. 5, 2010.
Published: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 10:34 AM — Huron Daily Tribune
By Kate Hessling, Tribune Staff Writer