Washtenaw County's unemployment rate falls to 6.6 percent
Washtenaw County added 6,600 jobs from August to September, causing the area's unemployment rate to fall from 7.2 percent to 6.6 percent, according to statistics released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.
It's the lowest unemployment rate for the county since it was 6.6 percent in April.
Most of the job gains were attributable to universities and schools that "rehired support staff for the new academic year," the state reported. The government sector added 6,200 jobs from August to September.
"Many of these jobs were seasonal support staff and student workers at local universities," the Department of Technology, Management and Budget reported.
In the private sector, professional and business service providers added 400 jobs, while private education and health service providers added 300. Retailers added 100 jobs, but the trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 100.
The number of jobs based in Washtenaw County rose from 191,200 in August to 197,800 in September. That's up from 196,700 in September 2010.
The number of employed county residents rose from 165,000 in August to 167,500 in September. That's down from 168,100 in September. The county's labor force — a measurement of the number of employed residents plus the number of unemployed residents who are actively seeking a job — was 179,300 in September. That was up from 177,800 in August but down from 182,100 in September 2010.
Washtenaw County's unemployment rate is the fourth lowest among Michigan's 83 counties. Mackinac (4.4), Clinton (6.4) and Cheboygan (6.5) were better.