2018-07-11 / News

Sanilac County’s jobless rate declines to 5%

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The jobless rate in Sanilac County declined in May, according to the latest figures released by the State of Michigan last week.

Unemployment rates declined in May in 14 of the state’s 17 major labor market areas, according to the Michigan Dept. of Technology, Management & Budget.

In Sanilac County, the unemployment rate decreased from 5.9 percent in April to 5.0 percent in May.

As is typical for May, the primary labor market changes in May 2018 occurred in the state’s northern lower Michigan regions as hiring for the tourism season escalated,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. “Since May 2017, employment has increased, and unemployment rates have fallen in the majority of Michigan’s local areas.”

Sanilac County’s jobless rate in May was higher than the state’s unemployment of 4.6 percent. The Michigan jobless rate in May 2018 was two-tenths of a percentage point above the state’s May 2017 rate of 4.4 percent. In May, 15 Michigan counties displayed unemployment rates below the national non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.6 percent. All Michigan counties in May reported unemployment rates below 10 percent.

The May jobless rate compared to that in April of Sanilac and neighboring counties was as follows:

• Tuscola: 5.6 percent, down from 6.1 in April;

• Sanilac: 5.0, down from 5.9;

• Huron: 4.7; down from 5.4;

• Lapeer: 4.2, down from 4.7;

• St. Clair: 3.9, down from 4.2;

The monthly survey of employers indicated that seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan rose by 65,000 or 1.5 percent in May to 4,458,000. May job gains were mostly seasonal and were led by increases in leisure and hospitality services (+25,000), construction (+16,000), professional and business services (+9,000) and retail trade (+9,000). State government education recorded a seasonal reduction of 17,000 in May due to the end of the winter/spring semester at a number of the state’s universities.

In May, Ottawa County (Holland, Grand Haven) had the lowest unemployment rate of 2.7 percent, while the highest jobless level was found in the Upper Peninsula county of Ontonagon at 9.4 percent. Ontonagon County is the state’s third-least populous county with approximately 7,000 residents.

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