Michigan regional jobless rates rise in January

The Ottawa County jobless figure rose to 7.4 percent in January.
AP Wire
Mar 23, 2012


nt rates have increased in all 17 major labor markets, though manufacturing layoffs were less evident as rebounding car companies maintained production.

The January figures were released Thursday. They show rates rose everywhere, with the Detroit region and the northeastern Lower Peninsula showing the highest jumps from December to January.

The Ottawa County jobless figure rose to 7.4 percent in January. It was at 7 percent in December 2011. The Muskegon County rate jumped from 8.8 percent to 9.5 percent, while the four-county greater Grand Rapids job market inched up two-tenths of a point to 7.4 percent.

State officials said the increases are typical, with seasonal job cuts in most industries.

Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate was 9.7 percent — up from 9 percent in December, but down from 11.6 in January 2011.

The figures show unemployment rates fell in all labor markets from January 2011 to January of this year. Over-the-year job gains were highest in construction, while government d jobs shrank.

Seasonally adjusted joblessness has been falling for months in Michigan.

— Ann Arbor, 5.6 percent, compared with 5.4 percent.

— Battle Creek, 7.9 percent, compared with 7.6 percent.

— Bay City, 9.3 percent, compared with 8.5 percent.

— Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 10.8 percent, compared with 9.7 percent.

— Flint, 10 percent, compared with 9.5 percent.

— Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 7.4 percent, compared with 7.2 percent.

— Holland-Grand Haven, 7.4 percent, compared with 7 percent.

— Jackson, 9 percent, compared with 8.6 percent.

— Kalamazoo-Portage, 8.2 percent, compared with 8 percent.

— Lansing-East Lansing, 7.4 percent, compared with 7 percent.

— Monroe, 9 percent, compared with 8.4 percent.

— Muskegon-Norton Shores, 9.5 percent, compared with 8.8 percent.

— Niles-Benton Harbor, 10 percent, compared with 9.3 percent.

— Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 9.3 percent, compared with 8.6 percent.

— Upper Peninsula, 10.5 percent, compared with 9.7 percent.

— Northeast Lower Michigan, 13.8 percent, compared with 12.5 percent.

— Northwest Lower Michigan, 11.8 percent, compared with 10.9 percent.

— Michigan, 9.7 percent, compared with 9 percent.

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget


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