Jobless rates fall across Michigan, rise up north

The Holland-Grand Haven labor market fell from 5.5 percent in October to 5.3 percent in November.
AP Wire
Jan 4, 2013

Unemployment figures have dropped for the majority of Michigan's regional labor markets, but have risen up north.

The state said Michigan's seasonally unadjusted jobless rate was at 7.9 percent in November 2012, down from 8.3 percent in October. The rates were lower in 14 of the state's 17 major labor markets, but up in three northern Michigan areas.

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget said the labor markets that saw unemployment rate increases were the Upper Peninsula, Northeast Lower Michigan and Northwest Lower Michigan.

The largest November drop of 0.8 of a percentage point was recorded in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia region.

The biggest increase was from 8.6 percent to 9.6 percent in the Northeast Lower Michigan market.

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