Washtenaw County adds jobs, but unemployment rate increases to 9.3 percent
The number of employed Washtenaw County residents increased 2,400 from May to June, but the area's unemployment rate rose to 9.3 percent as more people looked for jobs, according to statistics released today by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.
The unemployment rate among Washtenaw County residents rose from 8.8 percent in May to 9.3 percent in June. That's down from 10.0 percent in June 2009.
The number of county residents with jobs rose from 164,700 in May to 167,100 in June. The number of people who would like a job -- a figure that includes people who have one -- went from 180,600 to 184,200. People who are unemployed but have given up on looking for a job are not counted in the unemployment rate.
The rise in the number of people looking for jobs is partly attributable to teenagers seeking summer jobs and to long-jobless workers deciding to start their search once again, said Mark Reffitt, a regional economic analyst for DELEG.
"It’s about right at the average expected monthly movement in the rate," he said.
The total number of jobs physically located within the county's borders increased from 189,000 to 190,000 from May to June.
The area's professional and business services sector drove most of the growth by adding 800 jobs. In a typical month, that area records an increase of 300 jobs, the state said.
The number of jobs in educational and health services dipped 300. The number of jobs in financial activities increased 200.
Washtenaw's unemployment rate in June was the third lowest among the state's 83 counties behind Mackinac County (6.2) and Cheboygan County (9.0). Wayne County's rate was 15.4, Oakland's was 13.0 and Livingston's was 11.8.
Meanwhile, U.S. legislators may make the pending unemployment benefit extension bill law today. The bill would extend payments for 2.3 million unemployed workers in the U.S.