State's unadjusted joblessness up to 8.5 percent

Ottawa County's unemployment rate up by a half-point from January to February.
AP Wire
Apr 4, 2014

Michigan's seasonally unadjusted unemployment has risen 0.4 for the second straight month to 8.5 percent.

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget released regional joblessness figures for February on Thursday.

The latest reported statewide unemployment rate is up from 8.1 percent in January and 7.7 percent in December. It's down from 9.4 percent in February 2013.

The department said February's unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5.3 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 14.1 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. The rate was 9 percent in the populous Detroit area, a 0.5-point increase.

The state said it's typical for joblessness to increase in Michigan during winter months.

Jobs report:

Department website:

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

— Michigan, 8.5 percent, compared with 8.1 percent.

— Ann Arbor, 5.3 percent, compared with 5 percent.

— Battle Creek, 7.3 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.

— Bay City, 9.4 percent, compared with 9 percent.

— Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 9 percent, compared with 8.5 percent.

— Flint, 9.4 percent, compared with 9.7 percent.

— Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 6.2 percent, compared with 5.8 percent.

Holland-Grand Haven, 6.2 percent, compared with 5.7 percent.

— Jackson, 8.5 percent, compared with 8 percent.

— Kalamazoo-Portage, 7.3 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.

— Lansing-East Lansing, 6.6 percent, compared with 6.1 percent.

— Monroe, 7.6 percent, compared with 7.9 percent.

— Muskegon-Norton Shores, 8.3 percent, compared with 7.9 percent.

— Niles-Benton Harbor, 8.8 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.

— Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.9 percent, compared with 8.5 percent.

— Upper Peninsula, 10.6 percent, compared with 9.7 percent.

— Northeast Lower Michigan, 14.1 percent, compared with 13.2 percent.

— Northwest Lower Michigan, 10.8 percent, compared with 10.1 percent.

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget




Gee I though trickey Rickey Snyder was going to creat all the new jobs in MI.O you mean all those $8.50 an hr temp jobs. sure the rate will go down in the sumer when all the feild workers return form down South with their five children and apply for food stamps and medicade.

Barry Soetoro

No doubt. Plus he raped the education budget.


We went from nearly last to near top 10, not bad...more room to grow but things are definately getting better since the departure of Comrade Grandholm.


Real men take whatever job they can find to support
their family.

Real estate maven

Change you can count on!! LOL.


BHO, a/k/a Jimmy Carter II

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