Most Mich. regional jobless rates increase in July

The state says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in most regions of Michigan in July. The figures released Thursday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget show jobless rates increased in 14 of the state's 17 major regional labor markets compared to June. The Ottawa County jobless rate bucked the trend, edging down one-tenth of a point. Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate in July was 11.9 percent, compared to 11 percent in June.
AP Wire
Aug 26, 2011

Rates ranged from a low of 7.8 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 14.1 percent in the Detroit region.

The state says the seasonal jobless rate increases were less than normal for July. Temporary summer layoffs in the auto industry were fewer than typical.
Seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan fell by 1.9 percent in July.

Michigan’s major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for July and changes since June: 

— Ann Arbor, 7.8 percent, compared with 7.7 percent.     
— Battle Creek, 10.3 percent, compared with 9.6 percent.     
— Bay City, 10 percent, compared with 9.9 percent.     
— Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 14.1 percent, compared with 12.5 percent.
— Flint, 12.5 percent, compared with 11.5 percent.     
— Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 9.1 percent, compared with 9 percent.     
— Holland-Grand Haven, 9 percent, compared with 9.1 percent.
— Jackson, 11 percent, compared with 10.6 percent.     
— Kalamazoo-Portage, 9.5 percent, compared with 9.3 percent.     
— Lansing-East Lansing, 9.2 percent, compared with 9 percent.     
— Monroe, 11.1 percent, compared with 10.4 percent.     
— Muskegon-Norton Shores, 11.2 percent, compared with 10.9 percent.
— Niles-Benton Harbor, 10.8 percent, compared with 10.6 percent.     
— Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 10.4 percent, compared with 10.1 percent.     
— Upper Peninsula, 10 percent, compared with 10.1 percent.     
— Northeast Lower Michigan, 12.2 percent, compared with 11.7 percent. 
— Northwest Lower Michigan, 10.5 percent, compared with 10.6 percent. 
— Michigan, 11.9 percent, compared with 11 percent.    

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

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