Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 26, 2013

Joblessness down statewide, in all major labor markets


---- — LANSING (AP) — Michigan says that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate is down statewide and in all 17 major labor markets.

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget released the March figures Thursday, showing the statewide unemployment rate at 8.8 percent. That’s down 0.4 percentage points from February and 0.8 points from March 2012.

The populous Detroit-area job market accounts for about half the state’s workforce, and its unemployment rate fell down 0.3 percentage points to 9.9 percent from February to March.

The lowest rate in the March report was for Ann Arbor at 5.1 percent. The highest was for the northeastern Lower Peninsula at 13.1 percent.

 

By the numbers

Michigan’s major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for March, followed by February:

- Michigan, 8.8 percent, compared with 9.2 percent.

- Ann Arbor, 5.1 percent, compared with 5.3 percent.

- Battle Creek, 6.8 percent, compared with 7.3 percent.

- Bay City, 8.9 percent, compared with 9.5 percent.

- Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 9.9 percent, compared with 10.2 percent.

- Flint, 9.1 percent, compared with 9.8 percent.

- Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 6.2 percent, compared with 6.6 percent.

- Holland-Grand Haven, 6.2 percent, compared with 6.7 percent.

- Jackson, 8.3 percent, compared with 8.8 percent.

- Kalamazoo-Portage, 7.1 percent, compared with 7.6 percent.

- Lansing-East Lansing, 6.7 percent, compared with 7.3 percent.

- Monroe, 7.7 percent, compared with 8.3 percent.

- Muskegon-Norton Shores, 8.4 percent, compared with 9.2 percent.

- Niles-Benton Harbor, 8.8 percent, compared with 9.6 percent.

- Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.6 percent, compared with 9.1 percent.

- Upper Peninsula, 9.9 percent, compared with 10.5 percent.

- Northeast Lower Michigan, 13.1 percent, compared with 14.1 percent.

- Northwest Lower Michigan, 10.5 percent, compared with 11.3 percent.

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget