Local Unemployment Rates Up In May

Lansing - Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in May rose slightly in 12 of the state's 17 major labor market regions, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment and labor force levels increased in all areas over the month.

From April to May, the unemployment rate advances in the 12 regions were minor, and ranged from 0.1 to 0.5 of a percentage point with a median hike of 0.3 of a percentage point. Jobless rates fell in five regions over the month, with the largest declines posted in the state's three northernmost labor market areas. In May, all of Michigan's 17 regional labor markets registered jobless rates below 10.0 percent.

Three areas; the Ann Arbor, Holland-Grand Haven, and Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), displayed unemployment rates below the U.S. seasonally unadjusted May rate of 6.1 percent.

May 2014 - 7.3%
April 2014 - 7.2%
May 2013 - 8.9%

May 2014 - 6.4%
April 2014 - 6.1%
May 2013 - 7.6%