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Local jobless rates swell to 19% to 41% amid pandemic

Submitted by on June 1, 2020 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Seasonally unadjusted jobless rates jumped significantly in all 17 of Michigan’s major labor market areas and in all 83 counties during April.

According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB), April’s data reflects the first month of the initial impact of COVID-19 on employment and unemployment trends in regional labor markets.

There were an estimated 22,400 unemployed workers across northeast Michigan in April, up from March’s estimated total of 5,700. The regional jobless rate of 29.4% was up significantly from March’s rate of 7.2% and the April 2019 rate of 6.9%.

Alpena County posted the lowest April unemployment rate in the region, and the 8th lowest in the entire state, at 18.6%. That was followed by Alcona County at 24.8%, Iosco 26.4%, Presque Isle 28.4%, Oscoda 33.2%, Montmorency 34.2%, and Cheboygan 41.2% – the highest rate in the entire state.

Michigan’s April jobless rate was 23.8%.