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Grand Rapids unemployment rate inches down to 5.9 percent

May 24, 2013
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LANSING — Michigan says that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate is down 0.6 percentage points statewide and in most major labor markets.

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget released the April figures Thursday, showing the statewide unemployment rate at 8.2 percent.

The rate was 8.8 percent in March and 8.5 percent in April of last year.

The populous Detroit-area job market accounts for about half the state's workforce, and its unemployment rate fell a full percentage point to 8.9 percent from March to April.

The lowest rate in the April report was for Ann Arbor at 5.1 percent, unchanged from March.

The highest was for the northeastern Lower Peninsula at 11.8 percent, down from 13.1 percent in March.

The unemployment rates of Michigan's major labor market areas, with their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for April, followed by March, are below.

- Michigan, 8.2 percent, compared with 8.8 percent.

- Ann Arbor, 5.1 percent, unchanged.

- Battle Creek, 6.6 percent, compared with 6.8 percent.

- Bay City, 8.5 percent, compared with 8.9 percent.

- Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 8.9 percent, compared with 9.9 percent.

- Flint, 8.8 percent, compared with 9.1 percent.

- Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 5.9 percent, compared with 6.2 percent.

- Holland-Grand Haven, 5.9 percent, compared with 6.2 percent.

- Jackson, 7.9 percent, compared with 8.3 percent.

- Kalamazoo-Portage, 6.7 percent, compared with 7.1 percent.

- Lansing-East Lansing, 7 percent, compared with 6.7 percent.

- Monroe, 7.3 percent, compared with 7.7 percent.

- Muskegon-Norton Shores, 8.1 percent, compared with 8.4 percent.

- Niles-Benton Harbor, 8.2 percent, compared wit h 8.8 percent.

- Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.3 percent, compared with 8.5 percent.

- Upper Peninsula, 9.8 percent, compared with 9.9 percent.

- Northeast Lower Michigan, 11.8 percent, compared with 13.1 percent.

- Northwest Lower Michigan, 9.9 percent, compared with 10.5 percent.

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

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