Jobless rates rise in all Michigan labor markets

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan says the state's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate rose statewide and is up in all 17 major job markets, mainly because of the usual winter downturn.

The state announced Thursday that Michigan's seasonally unadjusted jobless rate hit 9.7 percent in January, up from 8.9 percent in December. When adjusted for seasonal changes, the rate of 8.9 percent in January was unchanged from December.

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget says employment and labor force levels fell seasonally in all regions.

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

  • Michigan, 9.7 percent, compared with 8.9 percent.
  • Ann Arbor, 5.3 percent, compared with 5.2 percent.
  • Battle Creek, 7.4 percent, compared with 7 percent.
  • Bay City, 9.4 percent, compared with 8.3 percent.
  • Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 11.3 percent, compared with 10.2 percent.
  • Flint, 9.9 percent, compared with 9.1 percent.
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 6.6 percent, compared with 6.3 percent.
  • Holland-Grand Haven, 6.7 percent, compared with 6.4 percent.
  • Jackson, 8.8 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.
  • Kalamazoo-Portage, 7.7 percent, compared with 7.3 percent.
  • Lansing-East Lansing, 7.6 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.
  • Monroe, 8.9 percent, compared with 7.6 percent.
  • Muskegon-Norton Shores, 9 percent, compared with 8.3 percent.
  • Niles-Benton Harbor, 9.7 percent, compared with 8.8 percent.
  • Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 9 percent, compared with 8.3 percent.
  • Upper Peninsula, 10.3 percent, compared with 9.4 percent.
  • Northeast Lower Michigan, 13.7 percent, compared with 11.9 percent.
  • Northwest Lower Michigan, 11.2 percent, compared with 10 percent.

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

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