DETROIT (WWJ/AP) –  Michigan’s unemployment rate is back on the rise.

The state says Michigan’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate rose a full percentage point — to 6.6 percent in January — largely because of normal annual changes in the job market.

Despite the increase, unemployment does remain down from a year ago. January’s regional unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.9 percent in the Ann Arbor area to a high of 11 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. The jobless rate in metropolitan Detroit rose 0.9 points in January to 7.4 percent.

Michigan’s major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for January, followed by December. Note that most figures for December are revised from those released last month. Also, the Holland area now is included in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area:

– Michigan, 6.6 percent, compared with 5.6 percent.

– Ann Arbor, 3.9 percent, compared with 3.3 percent.

– Battle Creek, 5.9 percent, compared with 4.8 percent.

– Bay City, 7 percent, compared with 5.6 percent.

– Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, 7.4 percent, compared with 6.5 percent.

– Flint, 7.1 percent, compared with 5.8 percent.

– Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 4.5 percent, compared with 3.7 percent.

– Jackson, 6.2 percent, compared with 5.1 percent.

– Kalamazoo-Portage, 5.6 percent, compared with 4.7 percent.

– Lansing-East Lansing, 5.4 percent, compared with 4.2 percent.

– Midland, 5.7 percent, compared with 4.6 percent

– Monroe, 5.3 percent, compared with 4.3 percent.

– Muskegon, 6.5 percent, compared with 5.7 percent.

– Niles-Benton Harbor, 6.3 percent, compared with 5.2 percent.

– Saginaw, 6.8 percent, compared with 5.5 percent.

– Upper Peninsula, 8.2 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.

– Northeast Lower Michigan, 11 percent, compared with 8.5 percent.

– Northwest Lower Michigan, 8 percent, compared with 6.4 percent.

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

 

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