U.P. unemployment rate drops slightly
LANSING?- The unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula dropped slightly from March to April according to seasonally unadjusted figures released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. The rates declined in 15 of Michigan’s 17 major labor markets. The April jobless rate in the 15-county Upper Peninsula labor market was 9.8 percent, down one-tenth of 1 percentage point from March’s rate of 9.9, but was up fourth-tenths of 1 percent from the May 2012 9.4 percent rate. Out of a total civilian labor force of 144,200 the DTMB reported employment of 130,100 leaving 14,100 on the unemployment rolls. Baraga County regained the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the state at 17.7 percent even though the April rate was slightly lower than the March rate of 17.9 percent. Menominee County had the lowest rate in the peninsula at 6.9 percent up from the March rate of 6.4 percent.
Houghton County’s rate in April was 9.2 percent, up a tenth of a percentage point from March. Keweenaw County saw the region’s biggest decline from March falling 1.3 percent from 14.9 percent to 13.6 percent. The rate in Gogebic county rose 1.1 percent from March to April standing at 10.8 percent while Iron County dropped two tenths of a percentage point to 9.9 percent. The Upper Peninsula unemployment rate of 9.8 percent is higher than the state rate of 8.2 percent in April.