LANSING (AP) – The state says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in most regions of Michigan in May as seasonal workers sought jobs.

The figures released Thursday by the Department of Technology, Management & Budget show jobless rates increased in 14 of the state’s 17 major regional labor markets compared with April.

Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate in May was 8.5 percent, up from 8.3 percent in April.

Rates ranged from a low of 5.5 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 10.2 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.
Statewide, job gains were reported in leisure and hospitality services; trade, transportation and utilities; and construction.

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

– Ann Arbor, 5.5 percent, compared with 5 percent.
– Battle Creek, 7 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.
– Bay City, 8.2 percent, compared with 8 percent.
– Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 9.9 percent, compared with 8.7 percent.
– Flint, 8.9 percent, compared with 8.6 percent.
– Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 6.6 percent, compared with 6.3 percent.
– Holland-Grand Haven, 6.4 percent, compared with 6.1 percent.
– Jackson, 8 percent, compared with 7.7 percent.
– Kalamazoo-Portage, 7.2 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.
– Lansing-East Lansing, 6.8 percent, compared with 6.4 percent.
– Monroe, 7.8 percent, compared with 7.6 percent.
– Muskegon-Norton Shores, 8.5 percent, compared with 8.3 percent.
– Niles-Benton Harbor, 8.6 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.
– Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.3 percent, compared with 8 percent.
– Upper Peninsula, 8.5 percent, compared with 9 percent.
– Northeast Lower Michigan, 10.2 percent, compared with 11.3 percent.
– Northwest Lower Michigan, 8.9 percent, compared with 9.7 percent.
– Michigan, 8.6 percent, compared with 8 percent.

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

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