Jobless rate continues to drop

The state said seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have decreased in 14 of Michigan's 17 major labor markets. The Holland-Grand Haven market, or Ottawa County, dropped one-half of a point from October to November 2011.
AP Wire
Jan 4, 2012


The figures for November were released Tuesday. Rates declined everywhere except the Upper Peninsula and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula.

The unemployment increases were seasonal and reflect the end of the fall tourism season.

The statewide unadjusted jobless rate was 8.4 percent, down from 9.2 percent in October.

Rates range from a low of 5.2 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 10.6 percent in the northeast part of the Lower Peninsula.

Unemployment rates in every region are lower than a year ago.

County unemployment rates range from a low of 5.2 percent in Washtenaw County to a high of 16 percent in Baraga County.

Michigan’s major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for November, followed by October:

— Ann Arbor, 5.2 percent, compared with 5.7 percent.         
— Battle Creek, 6.9 percent, compared with 7.6 percent.         
— Bay City, 7.4 percent, compared with 7.9 percent.         
— Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 9.5 percent, compared with 10.8 percent.
— Flint, 8.7 percent, compared with 9.4 percent.         
— Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 6.5 percent, compared with 7.1 percent.
— Holland-Grand Haven, 6.5 percent, compared with 7 percent.         
— Jackson, 7.8 percent, compared with 8.4 percent.         
— Kalamazoo-Portage, 6.9 percent, compared with 7.4 percent.         
— Lansing-East Lansing, 6.4 percent, compared with 6.7 percent.
— Monroe, 7.5 percent, compared with 8.1 percent.         
— Muskegon-Norton Shores, 8.4 percent, compared with 9 percent.    
— Niles-Benton Harbor, 8.2 percent, compared with 8.3 percent. 
— Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 7.7 percent, compared with 8.1 percent.         
— Upper Peninsula, 8.2 percent, compared with 7.9 percent.         
— Northeast Lower Michigan, 10.6 percent, compared with 10.1 percent.
— Northwest Lower Michigan, 9.4 percent, compared with 9.1 percent.
— Michigan, 8.4 percent, compared with 9.2 percent.        
Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget


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