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Michigan unemployment rises in December

3:46 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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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.

Michigan's major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for December, followed by November:

-- 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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