Unemployment stable in the U.P.

Lansing – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in 16 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in July, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.  Total employment and labor force levels declined seasonally in the majority of regions over the month.

“July jobless rates rose typically in the majority of the state’s labor market regions,” said Michael Williams, acting director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.  “Payroll jobs declined over the month in Michigan’s local regions due to seasonal short-term job reductions in education, temporary help, and manufacturing.”

Fifty-nine of Michigan’s 83 counties recorded unemployment rate increases in July, 19 counties posted declines, and five county’s rates were unchanged.  Jobless rate changes were mostly moderate over the month, with most of the July declines located in northern counties.  From July 2012 to July 2013, jobless rates rose in 49 counties, fell in 28 and were unchanged in six.  Over-the-year increases and decreases averaged about a half percentage point.

Overall, U.P. rates have been fairly stable, coming in at 9.7% in July 2013, up from 9.6% in the previous month as well as a year ago.  The Michigan jobless rate for July 2013 also came in at 9.7%.  That’s up from the June jobless rate of 9.4%, but down from a year ago when the rate was 10.5%.

MICHIGAN COUNTIES RANKED BY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

                                                         JULY 2013

             

1

Mackinac County

4.9

 

43

Saginaw County

10.2

2

Barry County

6.5

 

44

Alpena County

10.3

3

Leelanau County

6.7

 

45

Ionia County

10.3

4

Menominee County

6.8

 

46

Emmet County

10.4

5

Cheboygan County

7.1

 

47

Macomb County

10.4

6

Kent County

7.2

 

48

Houghton County

10.5

7

Washtenaw County

7.2

 

49

Lenawee County

10.5

8

Livingston County

7.4

 

50

Luce County

10.5

9

Clinton County

7.5

 

51

Lapeer County

10.6

10

Allegan County

7.6

 

52

Oceana County

10.6

11

Eaton County

7.6

 

53

Shiawassee County

10.8

12

Grand Traverse County

7.7

 

54

Gogebic County

10.9

13

Ottawa County

7.7

 

55

Otsego County

10.9

14

Dickinson County

8.0

 

56

St. Clair County

10.9

15

Cass County

8.2

 

57

Hillsdale County

11.0

16

Midland County

8.2

 

58

Ogemaw County

11.1

17

Kalamazoo County

8.3

 

59

Genesee County

11.2

18

Isabella County

8.4

 

60

Sanilac County

11.2

19

Calhoun County

8.5

 

61

Mecosta County

11.3

20

Benzie County

8.7

 

62

Gratiot County

11.6

21

Mason County

8.7

 

63

Missaukee County

11.7

22

Kalkaska County

8.8

 

64

Wayne County

11.8

23

Newaygo County

8.8

 

65

Chippewa County

12.0

24

Oakland County

8.8

 

66

Iosco County

12.0

25

Van Buren County

8.9

 

67

Tuscola County

12.1

26

Marquette County

9.1

 

68

Osceola County

12.3

27

Iron County

9.4

 

69

Keweenaw County

12.5

28

Monroe County

9.5

 

70

Montcalm County

12.6

29

Alger County

9.6

 

71

Roscommon County

12.6

30

Antrim County

9.6

 

72

Clare County

13.0

31

Bay County

9.7

 

73

Arenac County

13.1

32

Huron County

9.7

 

74

Presque Isle County

13.1

33

Ingham County

9.7

 

75

Schoolcraft County

13.4

34

Muskegon County

9.7

 

76

Gladwin County

13.5

35

Berrien County

9.8

 

77

Lake County

13.5

36

Jackson County

9.8

 

78

Ontonagon County

13.5

37

St. Joseph County

9.8

 

79

Wexford County

13.9

38

Delta County

9.9

 

80

Alcona County

14.8

39

Branch County

10.1

 

81

Montmorency County

14.9

40

Crawford County

10.1

 

82

Oscoda County

16.8

41

Charlevoix County

10.2

 

83

Baraga County

17.5

42

Manistee County

10.2