Michigan Unemloyment Declining

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan says that job gains in the populous southeastern corner of the state have driven down the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate.

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget released the February figures Thursday for Michigan and its 17 major job markets.

The department says the statewide unadjusted jobless rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 9.4 percent in the latest month.

The Detroit area has about half the state's population, and its jobless rate fell from 11.3 percent in January to 10.2 percent I February.

The state says that the neighboring Monroe labor market saw its unemployment rate fall 0.7 percentage points to 8.2 percent in February.

The department reports little or no change in the other 15 markets.

Michigan's major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for February, followed by January
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-- Michigan, 9.3 percent, compared with 9.7 percent.
-- Ann Arbor, 5.3 percent, unchanged.
-- Battle Creek, 7.3 percent, compared with 7.4 percent.
-- Bay City, 9.6 percent, compared with 9.4 percent.
-- Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 10.2 percent, compared with 11.3 percent.
-- Flint, 9.8 percent, compared with 9.9 percent.
-- Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 6.6 percent, unchanged.
-- Holland-Grand Haven, 6.7 percent, unchanged.
-- Jackson, 8.9 percent, compared with 8.8 percent.
-- Kalamazoo-Portage, 7.6 percent, compared with 7.7 percent.
-- Lansing-East Lansing, 7.4 percent, compared with 7.6 percent.
-- Monroe, 8.2 percent, compared with 8.9 percent.
-- Muskegon-Norton Shores, 9.2 percent, compared with 9 percent.
-- Niles-Benton Harbor, 9.7 percent, unchanged.
-- Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 9.2 percent, compared with 9 percent.
-- Upper Peninsula, 10.5 percent, compared with 10.3 percent.
-- Northeast Lower Michigan, 14.1 percent, compared with 13.6 percent.
-- Northwest Lower Michigan, 11.3 percent, compared with 11.2 percent


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