LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Michigan reports that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percentage points statewide and fell in 15 of 17 major labor markets.

The March figures released Thursday show joblessness statewide at 9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent in February and 11.2 percent in March 2011.

The figures show lower unemployment rates everywhere on a year-to-year bases.

Seasonally adjusted joblessness has been falling for months in Michigan. It stood at 8.8 percent in February.

The following is a list of  Michigan’s major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for March, followed by February:

– Ann Arbor, 5.5 percent, compared with 5.4 percent.
– Battle Creek, 7.5 percent, compared with 7.7 percent.
– Bay City, 9.2 percent, compared with 9.3 percent.
– Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 9.6 percent, compared with 10.2 percent.
– Flint, 9.6 percent, compared with 9.8 percent.
– Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 7.2 percent, compared with 7.4 percent.
– Holland-Grand Haven, 7.1 percent, compared with 7.2 percent.
– Jackson, 8.6 percent, compared with 8.8 percent.
– Kalamazoo-Portage, 7.8 percent, compared with 8 percent.
– Lansing-East Lansing, 7.2, unchanged.
– Monroe, 8.4 percent, compared with 8.7 percent.
– Muskegon-Norton Shores, 9.1 percent, compared with 9.4 percent.
– Niles-Benton Harbor, 9.3 percent, compared with 9.9 percent.
– Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 9 percent, compared with 9.3 percent.
– Upper Peninsula, 10.3 percent, compared with 10.5 percent.
– Northeast Lower Michigan, 13.4 percent, compared with 13.9 percent.
– Northwest Lower Michigan, 11.4 percent, compared with 11.8 percent.
– Michigan, 9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent.

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

These latest numbers come the same day as Oakland County’s announced an improved economic outlook, citing the addition of more than 23,000 jobs in 2011.  (More on this here).

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