ESCANABA - The unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula edged upward to 11.3 percent in December, a slight increase of one-tenth of a percentage point.
Four of the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties reported seasonally higher unemployment rates during December, with Mackinac County posting the largest rate gain of 4.7 percentage points, followed by Schoolcraft and Ontonagon counties, up by 1.6 percentage points.
In Schoolcraft County, 575 people or 14.9 percent were reportedly unemployed out, of a workforce of 3,275 who reportedly had jobs. The unemployment rate for December 2009 was reported at 17.7 percent.
Delta County reported an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent, or 2,150 unemployed workers, out of a total 16,450 employed individuals. The unemployment rate in December was down compared to 14.7 percent reported at the same time in 2009.
Schoolcraft County reported an unemployment rate of 14.9 percent for December with 14.9 percent unemployed or 575 people out of work, with 3, 275 people reportedly employed. In December 2009 the unemployment rate in Schoolcraft County was 17.7 percent.
December job cuts in the U.P. typically occur in the construction and accommodation & food service sectors.
At a glance
In Schoolcraft County, 575 people or 14.9 percent were reportedly unemployed out of a workforce of 3,275 who reportedly had jobs.
Delta County reported an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent, or 2,150 unemployed workers, out of a total 16,450 employed individuals.
Four counties (Delta, Dickinson, Menominee and Iron) reported no rate changes during the month, while the remaining seven counties experienced contractions.
Among these counties, Keweenaw and Gogebic counties recorded the largest jobless rate reductions, down by 1.5 and 0.9 percentage points, respectively.
The lowest U.P. unemployment rate in December occurred in Menominee County at 8.2 percent, followed by Marquette County with 8.7 percent. The highest jobless rate in Michigan was experienced by Mackinac County at 21.9 percent. Baraga and Ontonagon counties had high rates as well, at 21.1 and 19.0 percent, respectively.
Since December 2009, the unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula decreased by 3.2 percentage points. Over the year, jobless rates contracted in all 15 U.P. counties, with the largest rate reductions reported by Baraga County (-6.5 percentage points), Mackinac County (-5.1 percentage points) and Menominee County (-4.3 percentage points).
The Upper Peninsula's not seasonally adjusted December 2010 jobless rate of 11.3 percent was higher than the Michigan average of 10.6 percent, and above the national rate of 9.1 percent.