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Local jobless rates up from Dec., down from LY

Submitted by on March 15, 2019 – 12:34 amNo Comment

January seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates advanced in each of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas, but were lower in all markets compared to January 2018.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget said seasonal job reductions and temporary layoffs in the auto sector pushed up jobless rates in January.

There was a total of 7,400 unemployed workers in northeast Michigan in January, compared to 8,000 in January 2018.  The regional jobless rate of 9.2 percent was up from December’s rate of 7.6 percent, but lower than the January 2018 rate of 9.9 percent.

Alpena County had the lowest unemployment rate in January at 6.0 percent.  That was followed by Iosco County at 8.2 percent, Oscoda 8.7, Alcona 8.9, Presque Isle 10.7, Montmorency 11.0, and Cheboygan County 17.1 percent.

Michigan’s January jobless rate was 4.6 percent.

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