Joblessness up in each major Michigan labor market


New figures show seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in March in each of Michigan's 17 major labor markets.

The state reports Thursday that total employment declined in nearly all regions over the month.

The northeast Lower Peninsula saw the highest March unemployment rate at 20.2%, up from 19.9% in February. The Ann Arbor area was lowest at 9.6%, but that was up from 8.9% the previous month.
Unemployment in the Detroit region was at 15.5%, up from 15.3% in February.

Michigan's overall unadjusted unemployment rate was 14.9% in March. It was 14.6% in February. When adjusted for normal seasonal changes, the March jobless rate stood at 14.1%.