Jobless rates lower in all Michigan labor markets

The state said seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have decreased in all 17 major Michigan labor markets from September to October.
AP Wire
Nov 30, 2011


The figures for October were released Tuesday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, and they reflect seasonal reductions in the workforce. The statewide unadjusted jobless rate was 9.2 percent last month, compared with 10.1 percent in September.

Rates range from a low of 5.7 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 10.8 percent in the Detroit region. The Detroit region’s rate was 12.2 percent in October 2010.

Eighty of Michigan’s 83 counties had lower unemployment rates in October.

The Ottawa County job market fell from 7.8 percent in September to 7 percent last month. Muskegon County fell a full point to 9 percent in October.

Mackinac County has the lowest county rate at 5 percent, followed by Washtenaw and Clinton at 5.7 percent. Baraga County has the highest at 15.1 percent.

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

— Ann Arbor, 5.7 percent, compared with 6.6 percent.        
— Battle Creek, 7.5 percent, compared with 8.6 percent.        
— Bay City, 7.9 percent, compared with 8.8 percent.        
— Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 10.8 percent, compared with 11.7 percent.   
— Flint, 9.4 percent, compared with 10.6 percent.        
— Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 7.1 percent, compared with 7.9 percent.
— Holland-Grand Haven (Ottawa County), 7 percent, compared with 7.8 percent.        
— Jackson, 8.4 percent, compared with 9.5 percent.        
— Kalamazoo-Portage, 7.3 percent, compared with 8.3 percent.        
— Lansing-East Lansing, 6.7 percent, compared with 7.7 percent.
— Monroe, 8.1 percent, compared with 9.2 percent.        
— Muskegon-Norton Shores, 9 percent, compared with 10 percent.   
— Niles-Benton Harbor, 8.4 percent, compared with 9.5 percent.
— Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.1 percent, compared with 9.1 percent.        
— Upper Peninsula, 7.9 percent, compared with 8.8 percent.        
— Northeast Lower Michigan, 10.1 percent, compared with 10.7 percent. 
— Northwest Lower Michigan, 9.1 percent, compared with 9.9 percent.
— Michigan, 9.2 percent, compared with 10.1 percent.       

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget


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