Unemployment Rates

Unemployment rates for 2011 were down in Michigan, but increased in December.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates rose in all of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in December.

But the agency says unemployment rates dropped significantly for the year as a whole.

The largest December increases were posted in the state’s three northernmost labor markets, including the upper peninsula.

In the 15 U–P Counties, even thought unemployment was up in December of 2011, there was a 17% drop in the jobless rate over the year.

Double digit monthly unemployment dropped below ten percent in December. On the state level, there was a 16.9% drop in 2011 unemployment, closing out the year with a December rate of 9%.