Local jobless rates jump up in January

Local jobless rates jumped up in January.

According to data from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, not seasonally adjusted jobless rates rose in all 17 Michigan labor market areas over the month.

There were an estimated 7,600 unemployed persons across northeast Michigan in January, leading to a jobless rate of 9.5%. That was higher than December’s rate of 7.5%, and above the January 2022 rate of 8.9%. It was also the largest over-the-month increase in the state.

Alpena County had the region’s lowest unemployment rate in January at 5.9%, followed by Iosco 8.7%, Alcona 9.1%, Montmorency 10.3%, Oscoda 10.5%, Presque Isle 12.5%, and Cheboygan County 15.3%.

Officials from the Department of Technology, Management & Budget said all Michigan counties displayed an uptick in jobless rates between December and January, with a median increase of 1.2 percentage points.

Michigan’s January unemployment rate was 4.8%.