State's jobless rate shows seasonal rise

Michigan authorities say the state experienced a typical seasonal increase in unemployment in the latest month.
AP Wire
Jul 25, 2014

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Thursday that the state's seasonally unadjusted joblessness rate reached 7.9 percent in June, up from 7.3 percent in May. It was 9.4 percent in June 2013.

The department says June's unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5.7 percent in the Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids regions to a high of 9.2 percent in populous metropolitan Detroit. The Detroit-area rate is up from 8 percent in May, but down from 10.1 percent in June 2013.

The Holland-Grand Haven market was 5.8 percent in June, compared with 5.3 percent in May.

The Muskegon County jobless rate was 7.4 percent last month, compared with 7 percent in May.

Comments

newspaperlawyer

What makes the summer months increase the jobless rates??? I would think it would be lower with the seasonal jobs.

Michael Johnson

Maybe they can all get jobs at the new Whitehall Walmart...those jobs will surely pay well, and everyone knows you can buy lots of affordable, non-domestically-made products there.

zwesterhouse

Isn't just amazing our society has a big white elephant right in the middle of the room an its being ignored. Most all jobs are now automated by some computer or robotic process. More on the way. What are people going to do? Sit there and draw welfare? Thats the only option. Technology has pushed humans into Technological Obsolescence. Tell people to get a job all ya want - but they cant! A robot has it! or some automated process. Were now in a Technological Conundrum. Soo now what???

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