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Michigan, Ottawa County jobless rates up

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Ottawa County's jobless rate also jumped 1 percent from November to December. Both the Muskegon and Greater Grand Rapids markets were up 1.1 percent.

The state said Thursday that Michigan's seasonally unadjusted jobless rate hit 8.9 percent last month, up from 7.9 percent in November. When adjusted for seasonal changes, the rate remained unchanged at 8.9 percent.

Department of Technology, Management & Budget officials said the main factor is a typical winter employment decline. The job picture did improve for the year in all 17 markets.

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

-- Michigan, 8.9 percent, compared with 7.9 percent.

-- Ann Arbor, 5.1 percent, compared with 4.3 percent.

-- Battle Creek, 7.1 percent, compared with 5.9 percent.

-- Bay City, 8.3 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.

-- Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 10.2 percent, compared with 9.7 percent.

-- Flint, 9.1 percent, compared with 7.8 percent.

-- Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 6.5 percent, compared with 5.4 percent.

-- Holland-Grand Haven, 6.3 percent, compared with 5.3 percent.

-- Jackson, 8.1 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.

-- Kalamazoo-Portage, 7.3 percent, compared with 6 percent.

-- Lansing-East Lansing, 6.7 percent, compared with 5.6 percent.

-- Monroe, 7.6 percent, compared with 6.4 percent.

-- Muskegon-Norton Shores, 8.6 percent, compared with 7.5 percent.

-- Niles-Benton Harbor, 8.8 percent, compared with 7.2 percent.

-- Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.4 percent, compared with 7.1 percent.

-- Upper Peninsula, 9.4 percent, compared with 7.5 percent.

-- Northeast Lower Michigan, 12.1 percent, compared with 9.6 percent.

-- Northwest Lower Michigan, 10.1 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.

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