Jobless Rates Rise in All Michigan Labor Markets

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

   -- Jackson, 8.1 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.

   -- Lansing-East Lansing, 6.7 percent, compared with 5.6 percent.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan says the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate rose 1 percentage point statewide and is up in all 17 major job markets, mainly because of the usual winter downturn.
The state said Thursday that Michigan's seasonally unadjusted jobless rate hit 8.9 percent in December, up from 7.9 percent in November. When adjusted for seasonal changes, the rate remained unchanged at 8.9 percent.
The Department of Technology, Management & Budget says the main factor is a typical winter employment decline. It says the job picture did improve for the year in all 17 markets.
December joblessness in metropolitan Detroit rose from 9.7 percent to 10.2 percent, while Grand Rapids saw an increase from 5.4 percent to 6.5 percent. The Upper Peninsula's rate rose from 7.5 percent to 9.4 percent.

Here are the Michigan numbers:

Michigan's major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for December, followed by November:
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-- Michigan, 8.9 percent, compared with 7.9 percent.
-- Ann Arbor, 5.1 percent, compared with 4.3 percent.
-- Battle Creek, 7.1 percent, compared with 5.9 percent.
-- Bay City, 8.3 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.
-- Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 10.2 percent, compared with 9.7 percent.
-- Flint, 9.1 percent, compared with 7.8 percent.
-- Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 6.5 percent, compared with 5.4 percent.
-- Holland-Grand Haven, 6.3 percent, compared with 5.3 percent.
-- Jackson, 8.1 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.
-- Kalamazoo-Portage, 7.3 percent, compared with 6 percent.
-- Lansing-East Lansing, 6.7 percent, compared with 5.6 percent.
-- Monroe, 7.6 percent, compared with 6.4 percent.
-- Muskegon-Norton Shores, 8.6 percent, compared with 7.5 percent.
-- Niles-Benton Harbor, 8.8 percent, compared with 7.2 percent.
-- Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.4 percent, compared with 7.1 percent.
-- Upper Peninsula, 9.4 percent, compared with 7.5 percent.
-- Northeast Lower Michigan, 12.1 percent, compared with 9.6 percent.
-- Northwest Lower Michigan, 10.1 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.


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