Unemployment rate drops across much of Michigan

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Posted: Jan 03, 2012 3:27 PM
Unemployment rate drops across much of Michigan

The state says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have decreased in 14 of Michigan's 17 major labor markets.

The figures for November were released Tuesday. Rates declined everywhere except the Upper Peninsula and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula.

The unemployment increases were seasonal and reflect the end of the fall tourism season.

The statewide unadjusted jobless rate was 8.4 percent, down from 9.2 percent in October.

Rates range from a low of 5.2 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 10.6 percent in the northeast part of the Lower Peninsula.

Unemployment rates in every region are lower than a year ago.

County unemployment rates range from a low of 5.2 percent in Washtenaw County to a high of 16 percent in Baraga County.