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Michigan Unemployment Rates Fall Across State


A new report from ADP shows that employment increased by $215,000 jobs in December across the United States, part of an historic trend of increased growth since the job market crashed in 2008.

Small businesses, those with less than 50 employees, added 25,000 jobs; medium business, those with 50 to 500 employees had the biggest gain with 102,000; and large businesses, with more than 500 workers, added 87,000 jobs.

The state said Thursday that Michigan's seasonally unadjusted jobless rate was at 7.9 percent in November, down from 8.3 percent in October. The rates were lower in 14 of the state's 17 major labor markets but up in three northern Michigan areas.

They are as follows:

  • Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 9.7 percent, compared with 10.5 percent.
  • Flint, 7.8 percent, compared with 8.1 percent.
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 5.4 percent, compared with 5.6 percent.
  • Jackson, 6.8 percent, compared with 7 percent.
  • Lansing-East Lansing, 5.6 percent, compared with 5.9 percent.
  • Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 7 percent, compared with 7.3 percent.
  • Upper Peninsula, 7.5 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.
  • Northeast Lower Michigan, 9.6 percent, compared with 8.6 percent.
  • Northwest Lower Michigan, 8.2 percent, compared with 7.5 percent.

Locally, health care, manufacturing and information technology are the three job fields Doug Stites, chief executive officer for Capital Area-Michigan Works, says are "most likely to hire" in 2013 in the Lansing area.

The top job in the health care industry is a registered nurse, making an average of $40-50,000 a year and requiring 2-4 years of college. Michigan Works officials say the top employers are Sparrow and McLaren Hospitals.

"We have an aging nurse workforce, so it's both replacing those and the demand for new nurses," said Stites. "It's a high-demand job. We have an aging population. 10,000 people every day are retiring and there's the baby boom generation."


Another field to watch out for: manufacturing. Stites says it's making a comeback.

Getting a manufacturing job could take several years and require 8-10,000 hours of educational and on-the-job training, but the average pay is around $40-50,000 a year.

"They're highly sought after. Not just in the Lansing region, but around the state of Michigan right now. There's a great shortage of those kinds of workers," said Stites.

Rounding out the top three is the information technology, or IT, field. Software engineers make an average of $70-80,000 a year, but requires a significant amount of school.

"It's a great problem to have, that we've got more jobs. We love having jobs, but our challenge as a community is how to fill these jobs," said Stites.

Unemployment figures have dropped for the majority of Michigan's regional labor markets, but have risen up north.

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