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Area unemployment rises

Delta County rate jumps .2 percent

January 4, 2012
Daily Press

ESCANABA - The jobless rate increased in Delta County in November, according to statistics from the the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget. The local unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, an increase from 8 percent in October. In November 2010, the jobless rate stood at 10.6 percent.

In Schoolcraft County, the jobless rate rose to 10.3 percent in November, up from 10 percent in October. The jobless rate there a year ago was 12.5 percent.

In Menominee County, the unemployment rate decreased from 6.6 percent to 6.1 percent - the lowest jobless rate in the Upper Peninsula. The unemployment rate there a year ago was 7.6 percent

Overall, the unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula moved up in November to 8.2 percent, an increase of three-tenths of a percentage point from the October rate of 7.9 percent.

Eight of the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties recorded higher unemployment rates during November, with monthly rate increases ranging from 0.2 to 7.8 percentage points. Mackinac County posted the largest rate jump, up by 7.8 percentage points, mainly due to the typical loss of seasonal tourism-related jobs. Keweenaw County also experienced a notable jobless rate increase, moving up by 4.6 percentage points to 13.6 percent. Of the remaining seven counties, five experienced rate reductions, with Menominee County posting the largest cut of 0.5 of a percentage point, and two counties (Gogebic and Houghton) reporting no rate changes for the month.

Typical November U.P. job cuts occur in construction, accommodation, recreational services, and transportation.

Menominee County recorded the lowest November jobless rate in the Upper Peninsula, followed by Marquette and Dickinson counties with 6.5 and 6.9 percent, respectively. The highest unemployment rate in Michigan in November occurred in Baraga County at 16 percent, moving up seasonally by 1 percentage point.

Since November 2010, the unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula fell by 2.4 percentage points. Over the year, jobless rates declined in all 15 regional counties, with the largest rate drops occurring in Baraga County (4.7 percentage points), Ontonagon County (3.6 percentage points), Luce County (3.4 percentage points) and Mackinac County (3.3 percentage points).

The Upper Peninsula's not seasonally adjusted November 2011 jobless rate of 8.2 percent was slightly below the Michigan rate of 8.4 percent, and equal to the national unadjusted rate of 8.2 percent.



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