State Unemployment Down In Most Regions

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The state says the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate is down in 14 of the state's 17 major regional labor markets.

The Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth released the December figures Thursday.

It says regional rates ranged from a low of 6.6 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 14.8 percent in Northeast Lower Michigan.

Over the past year, 16 regions have seen employment grow by around 1 percent or more. Only the Northeast Lower Michigan region saw total employment drop.

All 17 regions have seen their labor forces drop since December 2009 as people have stopped looking for jobs.

Michigan's seasonally adjusted jobless rate for December announced earlier was 11.7 percent, the fourth-highest nationally behind Nevada, California and Florida. The national rate was 9.4 percent.

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