Michigan regional jobless rates fall in February

Michigan officials said seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have decreased slightly in most of the state, with job gains in government and professional and business services.
AP Wire
Apr 3, 2012

The state released February figures for the 17 major labor markets today. The Detroit and Monroe regions showed the largest monthly increases, about a half-percentage point.

Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate was 9.4 percent, down from 9.7 percent in January and down from 11.3 in February 2011.

Only four regions reported unemployment rates above 10 percent in February, while five had rates below 8 percent.

The figures show unemployment rates fell in all labor markets from February 2011 to February of this year. The largest over-the-year jobless rate drops were in the Flint, Holland-Grand Haven and Jackson regions. The Holland-Grand Haven job market, which is Ottawa County, dropped from 7.4 percent in January to 7.2 percent in February.

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

— Ann Arbor, 5.4 percent, compared with 5.6 percent.            
— Battle Creek, 7.7 percent, compared with 8 percent.            
— Bay City, 9.3 percent, unchanged.            
— Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 10.2 percent, compared with 10.7 percent.  
— Flint, 9.8 percent, compared with 10 percent.            
— Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 7.4 percent, compared with 7.5 percent.   
— Holland-Grand Haven, 7.2 percent, compared with 7.4 percent.
— Jackson, 8.8 percent, compared with 9.1 percent.            
— Kalamazoo-Portage, 8 percent, compared with 8.3 percent.
— Lansing-East Lansing, 7.2 percent, compared with 7.4 percent.   
— Monroe, 8.7 percent, compared with 9.1 percent.            
— Muskegon-Norton Shores, 9.4 percent, compared with 9.6 percent.
— Niles-Benton Harbor, 9.9 percent, compared with 10.1 percent.    
— Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 9.3 percent, compared with 9.4 percent.            
— Upper Peninsula, 10.5 percent, compared with 10.6 percent.
— Northeast Lower Michigan, 14 percent, compared with 13.9 percent.
— Northwest Lower Michigan, 11.8 percent, compared with 11.9 percent.
— Michigan, 9.4 percent, compared with 9.7 percent.           

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

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