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NE MI unemployment rate hits 20%

Submitted by on March 19, 2010 – 5:58 amNo Comment

Northeast lower Michigan continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the state.

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in 16 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas during the month.  Between January 2009 and January 2010, jobless rates rose considerably in all 17 regions with a median increase of 3 percentage points. 

The January unemployment rate in northeast lower Michigan rose to 20-percent.  Taking a look at the individual counties in our region, Alpena posted the lowest unemployment rate at 16.1 percent; Otsego followed with 17.2; Cheboygan 22.9; Iosco 23; Alcona 24.3; Montmorency 25.6; Presque Isle 25.7; and Oscoda 26.4 percent.

The State of Michigan’s January unemployment rate of 14.9 percent was up from the 12.4 percent posted in January 2009. 
The region’s civilian labor force has dropped by 1.5 percent from January 2009 to January 2010, while total employment went down 4.3 percent over the same time frame.

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