In Michigan
5:28 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Unemployment rate drops across much of Michigan

LANSING, MI –

The state says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have decreased in 14 of Michigan's 17 major labor markets.

The figures for November were released Tuesday. Rates declined everywhere except the Upper Peninsula and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula.

The unemployment increases were seasonal and reflect the end of the fall tourism season.

The statewide unadjusted jobless rate was 8.4%, down from 9.2% in October.

Rates range from a low of 5.2% in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 10.6% in the northeast part of the Lower Peninsula.

Unemployment rates in every region are lower than a year ago.

County unemployment rates range from a low of 5.2% in Washtenaw County to a high of 16% in Baraga County.