Unemployment Swells in Mid-Michigan

From Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget:

July Unemployment Rates
July 2013 - 8.9%
June 2013 - 8.1%
July 2012 - 8.7%

July 2013 - 9.8%
June 2013 - 9.4%
July 2012 - 9.8%

July Unemployment Rates Increase Seasonally in Nearly All Of Michigan's Regional Labor Markets. Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in 16 of Michigan's 17 major labor market areas in July, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment and labor force levels declined seasonally in the majority of regions over the month.

"July jobless rates rose typically in the majority of the state's labor market regions," said Michael Williams, acting director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. "Payroll jobs declined over the month in Michigan's local regions due to seasonal short-term job reductions in education, temporary help, and manufacturing."

From June to July, regional jobless rate increases ranged from 0.1 to 1.1 percentage points with a median hike of 0.4 of a percentage point. Historically, rates advance in July by half of a percentage point. The largest July rate increases of at least 0.7 of a percentage point occurred in the Flint, Lansing-East Lansing, Monroe, and Saginaw-Saginaw Township North Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). The unemployment rate in the Northwest Lower Michigan region declined slightly over the month by 0.1 of a percentage point. In July, three Michigan regions, the Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids-Wyoming and Holland-Grand Haven MSAs, displayed jobless rates at or below the national seasonally unadjusted rate of 7.7 percent.

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