MI unemployment rate shows seasonal rise

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities say the state experienced a typical seasonal increase in unemployment in the latest month.

The state Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Thursday that the state’s seasonally unadjusted joblessness rate reached 7.9 percent in June, up from 7.3 percent in May. It was 9.4 percent in June 2013.

The department says June’s unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5.7 percent in the Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids regions to a high of 9.2 percent in populous metropolitan Detroit.

The Detroit-area rate is up from 8 percent in May but down from 10.1 percent in June 2013.

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The seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for June, followed by May, in Michigan’s major labor market areas, courtesy the DTMB:

  • Michigan, 7.9 percent, compared with 7.3 percent.
  • Ann Arbor, 5.7 percent, compared with 5.3 percent.
  • Battle Creek, 6.7 percent, compared with 6.3 percent.
  • Bay City, 7.9 percent, compared with 7.6 percent.
  • Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 9.2 percent, compared with 8 percent.
  • Flint, 8.3 percent, compared with 8 percent.
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 5.7 percent, compared with 5.4 percent.
  • Holland-Grand Haven, 5.8 percent, compared with 5.3 percent.
  • Jackson, 7.7 percent, compared with 7.3 percent.
  • Kalamazoo-Portage, 6.7 percent, compared with 6.3 percent.
  • Lansing-East Lansing, 6.5 percent, compared with 6.4 percent.
  • Monroe, 6.8 percent, unchanged.
  • Muskegon-Norton Shores, 7.4 percent, compared with 7 percent.
  • Niles-Benton Harbor, 7.4 percent, compared with 7.2 percent.
  • Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.1 percent, compared with 7.6 percent.
  • Upper Peninsula, 8.3 percent, compared with 8.5 percent.
  • Northeast Lower Michigan, 9 percent, compared with 9.2 percent.
  • Northwest Lower Michigan, 7.6 percent, compared with 7.9 percent.

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