State’s January unadjusted joblessness 8.1%

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment has risen 0.4 percentage points in the latest monthly report to 8.1 percent.

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget released regional joblessness figures for January on Thursday.

The statewide rate in January is down from 9.9 percent one year earlier.

The department says January’s unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 13.2 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. It says the rate was 8.5 percent in the populous Detroit area, a 0.5-point increase.

The state says weather typically drives up unemployment in winter months.

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