Unemployment rates drop
MANISTIQUE – Unemployment rates around the Upper Peninsula decreased in April, including a significant drop in Schoolcraft County. Overall, the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives reported the U.P. unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent in April, a decrease of 1.3 percentage points from March.
In Schoolcraft County, the rate dropped from 14.6 percent in March to 11.7 percent in April. In Luce County, the rate was 10.4 percent in April – a decrease from the March rate of 11.8 percent. Alger County decrease from 12.4 to 11.6 percent, while Delta County decreased from 9.8 to 8.5 percent.
Jobless rates fell in all 15 Upper Peninsula counties in April, with monthly decreases ranging from -.2 percentage points in Gogebic County, to -7.5 percentage points in Mackinac County. For the entire state, April’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by one full percentage point to 8 percent.
Menominee County reported the lowest jobless rate in the Upper Peninsula at 7.0 percent, followed by Marquette and Dickinson counties at 7.2 and 7.3 percent, respectively. The highest jobless rate in Michigan was registered by Baraga County at 16.3 percent, despite the fact it had dropped from 18.3 percent in March. Mackinac County, at 14.1 percent, and Ontonagon County, at 13.9 percent, also registered jobless rates well above the regional average.
Seasonal job gains are typically posted in the Upper Peninsula’s private sector during April. Modest advances are normally recorded in sectors such as construction, accommodation and food services and retail trade.
Since April 2011, the unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula has dropped significantly by -1.8 percentage points. Over the year, jobless rates declined in all 15 regional counties, with the largest rate decreases occurring in Ontonagon, Baraga, and Mackinac counties.
The U.P.’s April 2012 jobless rate was above the Michigan rate of 8 percent, and higher than the national rate of 7.7 percent.