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Unemployment Rates Edge Lower as Employment Grows Seasonally

Tuesday, April 29, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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Lansing‐East Lansing Metropolitan Statistical Area

Nonfarm jobs rose by 600 in the Lansing metro area in March as private‐sector seasonal gains more than offset a loss of 500 positions in state government education. Leisure and hospitality and manufacturing were among the top job‐gaining industry sectors over the month while seasonal upticks were experienced in other industries as well. Overall payroll jobs remained higher annually, led by pronounced job increases in area manufacturing and related industries.

  • Seasonality drove most of the area’s job gains in March, despite below average temperatures for the season. Likely pushed by gains in accommodation and food services, leisure and hospitality added 500 jobs over the month while construction also ticked 100 jobs higher as activity began to increase slightly in that sector.
  • Manufacturing posted the only other notable monthly job gain in March, adding 400 jobs as a result of hiring in both the auto and non‐auto related subsectors. The 2.1 percent advance recorded in this sector was the highest
  • among all Michigan metro areas in March, and followed a modest job increase posted in February in the sector.
  • Retail trade and state government education were the primary job losers in March and slightly offset seasonal increases in other industries.
  • The Lansing area has recorded a healthy job advance since March 2013, registering an increase of 3,000 jobs over the past year. State government education accounted for some of this increase, but nearly half of the overall growth was attributed directly to the area’s manufacturing sector, which continues to remain stronger compared to 2013. Transportation and warehousing added 900 jobs annually as well, and at least some of the job gain in this sector is also a result of area manufacturing growth, particularly the area’s auto sector. Construction remained slightly lower annually as did educational and health services, while several sectors held steady over the year in March.

Click to download the March 2014 Area Labor Market Analysis from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. 

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