2018-01-11 / Community

UP unemployment jumps in November, local rate rises

LANSING – The unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula increased seasonally in November to 5.5 percent, a monthly rise of six tenths of a percentage point. In Schoolcraft County, the rate rose by half a percentage point from October’s recorded rate of 6.9 percent.

Twelve of the Upper Peninsula’s 15 counties reported higher jobless rates during November, with monthly rate gains ranging from 0.1 of a percentage point in Baraga and Marquette counties to a jump of 6.9 percentage points in Mackinac County.

The rate increase in Mackinac County was mostly due to typical seasonal reductions in tourismrelated jobs.

Dickinson and Gogebic counties reported no November change in the percent jobless and Menominee County’s rate edged down slightly.

During November, Dickinson and Menominee counties recorded the lowest U.P. jobless rates at 4.3 percent followed by Marquette at 4.7 percent. Mackinac County had the highest November jobless rate in Michigan at 10.5 percent.

Above regional average unemployment rates were also recorded in Baraga and Luce counties (6.1 percent each), Chippewa County (6.3 percent), Schoolcraft County (7.4 percent), Ontonagon County (8.4 percent), Alger County (8.5 percent), and Keweenaw County (8.8 percent).

Payroll jobs in the Upper Peninsula counties tend to contract during November.

The reductions are generally concentrated in seasonal industries such as construction, and sectors related to the recreation and tourism industries, including accommodation and food services.

Between November 2016 and November 2017, the Upper Peninsula unemployment rate was essentially unchanged, notching higher by just 0.1 percentage points.

Nine counties reported jobless rate advances that ranged from 0.1 percentage point in Dickinson to 1.0 percentage point in Ontonagon, Alger, and Keweenaw counties.

The counties of Marquette, Iron, and Luce reported no change in their unemployment rates since November 2016, while decreases were recorded in Baraga (0.3 percentage points), Gogebic (0.5 percentage points), and Menominee (0.6 percentage points).

The Upper Peninsula’s not seasonally adjusted November 2017 jobless rate of 5.5 percent remained higher than Michigan’s rate of 4.0 percent and the national rate of 3.9 percent.

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