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Michigan regional jobless rates rise in December

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Peninsula and the northeastern and northwestern Lower Peninsulas showing the highest percentage jumps from November to December.

The Holland-Grand Haven labor market, which is Ottawa County, jumped from 6.5 percent in November to 7.1 percent in December.

The Muskegon County and four-county greater Grand Rapids markets also showed increases of six-tenths — from 8.4 percent to 9 percent, and from 6.5 percent to 7.1 percent, respectively.

Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate was 9 percent, up from 8.4 percent in November.

The seasonally adjusted rate has been falling for months.

Rates ranged from a low of 5.5 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 12.6 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. The Detroit region’s unemployment rate for December was 9.7 percent, up from 9.5 percent in November.

County unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5.5 percent in Washtenaw to a high of 18.3 percent in Mackinac.

Michigan’s major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for December, followed by November:

— Ann Arbor, 5.5 percent, compared with 5.1 percent.          

— Battle Creek, 7.7 percent, compared with 6.9 percent.          

— Bay City, 8.4 percent, compared with 7.4 percent.          

— Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 9.7 percent, compared with 9.5 percent.

— Flint, 9.6 percent, compared with 8.7 percent.          

— Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 7.1 percent, compared with 6.5 percent. 

— Holland-Grand Haven, 7.1 percent, compared with 6.5 percent.          

— Jackson, 8.6 percent, compared with 7.8 percent.          

— Kalamazoo-Portage, 7.7 percent, compared with 6.9 percent.          

— Lansing-East Lansing, 6.9 percent, compared with 6.4 percent. 

— Monroe, 8.4 percent, compared with 7.5 percent.          

— Muskegon-Norton Shores, 9 percent, compared with 8.4 percent.     

— Niles-Benton Harbor, 9.2 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.  

— Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.6 percent, compared with 7.6 percent.          

— Upper Peninsula, 9.6 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.          

— Northeast Lower Michigan, 12.6 percent, compared with 10.6 percent.

— Northwest Lower Michigan, 11.1 percent, compared with 9.5 percent. 

— Michigan, 9 percent, compared with 8.4 percent.         

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

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