State's January jobless rate is up

Michigan's seasonally unadjusted unemployment has risen four-tenths of a percentage point in the latest monthly report to 8.1 percent.
AP Wire
Mar 21, 2014

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget released regional joblessness figures for January on Thursday. The state agency said weather typically drives up unemployment in winter months.

The statewide rate in January is down from the 9.9 percent a year ago.

The department said January's unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 13.2 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.

The Ottawa County market was at 5.8 percent in January, compared with 6 percent a month earlier.

Michigan's major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for January, followed by December:

— Michigan, 8.1 percent, compared with 7.7 percent.

— Ann Arbor, 5 percent, compared with 5.2 percent.

— Battle Creek, 6.7 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.

— Bay City, 9 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.

— Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 8.5 percent, compared with 8 percent.

— Flint, 9.5 percent, compared with 8.8 percent.

— Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 5.8 percent, unchanged.

— Holland-Grand Haven, 5.8 percent, compared with 6 percent.

— Jackson, 8 percent, unchanged.

— Kalamazoo-Portage, 6.8 percent, compared with 6.9 percent.

— Lansing-East Lansing, 6.1 percent, compared with 6.2 percent.

— Monroe, 7.9 percent, compared with 6.9 percent.

— Muskegon-Norton Shores, 7.9 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.

— Niles-Benton Harbor, 8.1 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.

— Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.5 percent, compared with 8.

— Upper Peninsula, 9.7 percent, compared with 9.5 percent.

— Northeast Lower Michigan, 13.2 percent, compared with 12.3 percent.

— Northwest Lower Michigan, 10.1 percent, compared with 9.8 percent.

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.


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