Ann Arbor area unemployment rate continues to fall as labor force grows
The Ann Arbor area unemployment rate fell for the third straight month to 4.9 percent in October. The area’s jobless rate was significantly lower than both the national 7.5 percent unemployment rate and Michigan’s 8.3 percent rate.
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The region showed gains in the number of professional and business services jobs and manufacturing held steady from the previous month. The biggest growth was in government jobs, with the primary drivers being the education and public health sectors.
Washtenaw County continued to be one of the leaders in the state, with the second lowest unemployment numbers after Mackinac County’s 4.3 percent rate. Overall, there were 2,300 more nonfarm jobs in the area than in the same period in 2011.
The area’s civilian labor force, the number of people the government considers either employed or actively seeking employment, grew by 2,300 from the previous month to 184,700. That was 3,700 more than the previous year.