Michigan regional jobless rates rise in December

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in all 17 of Michigan's major labor markets in December 2011. The Holland-Grand Haven labor market jumped from 6.5 percent in November to 7.1 percent last month.
AP Wire
Jan 27, 2012


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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