May Unemployment Figures

Seasonally-unadjusted unemployment rates are rising in Michigan as a whole.
But in the Upper Peninsula, they’re still falling.
The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget says the May numbers reflect seasonal summer workers entering the job market.
The agency says only a small share of those residents had found work as of mid–May.
Statewide, unemployment rose to 8.6% in May from 8% in April.
But it’s still a step down from the 10.2% rate of a year earlier.
In the Upper Peninsula, the unemployment rate dipped in May to 8.5%, just below the state average.
It had been 9% in April.
The May 2011 rate had been 10.1%.
Here’s how the U.P. looks, county by county:

Mackinac County — 6.1%
Menominee — 6.7%
Marquette — 7.3%
Dickinson — 7.4%
Delta — 8.2%
Iron — 8.6%
Houghton — 8.8%
Luce — 9.6%
Chippewa — 9.9%
Alger — 10.1%
Schoolcraft — 10.4%
Gogebic — 10.6%
Keweenaw — 11.5%
Ontonagon — 13.2%
Baraga — 15.7%

Posted by: Mike Hoey

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