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NE MI continues leading state with largest jobless rate declines

Submitted by on June 28, 2019 – 12:40 amNo Comment

Northeast Michigan is once again leading the state with the largest unemployment rate declines of all 17 regional labor markets.

According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in May edged up in 12 of Michigan’s 17 regional labor markets.

Both total employment and total workforce levels also rose in most labor markets over the month.

There were approximately 4,200 unemployed workers across Northeast Michigan last month. The regional jobless rate of 5.0 percent was down from April’s rate of 6.7 percent, and lower than the May 2018 rate of 5.4 percent.

The region’s over-the-month and over-the-year declines were both the largest in the state.

Taking a look at the individual counties in the region, Alpena had the lowest unemployment rate in May at 3.9 percent, followed by Cheboygan 4.0, Iosco 5.3, Presque Isle 5.6, both Alcona and Oscoda 5.7, and Montmorency County an even 7.0 percent.

Michigan’s May unemployment rate came in at 3.9 percent.