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Grand Rapids market unemployment rate bumps up to 7 percent

August 6, 2013
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LANSING — Michigan says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have increased in all 17 of the state's labor markets.

The latest figures released last moth by the Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan's overall unadjusted unemployment rate rose by 1 percentage point, from May's 8.4 percent to 9.4 percent in June.

Low to high

The department says rates ranged from a low of 6.8 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 11 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. It says the rate was 10.3 percent in the Detroit area.

The department says regional jobless rate increases from May to June ranged from 0.1 to 1.3 percentage points, with a median hike of 0.6 of a percentage point.

Unemployment rates historically advance in June by around half of a percentage point, according to state officials.

Michigan's major labor market areas and their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for June 2013, followed by May:

- Michigan, 9.4 percent, compared with 8.4 percent.

- Ann Arbor, 6.8 percent, compared with 5.9 percent.

- Battle Creek, 8 percent, compared with 7.3 percent.

- Bay City, 9.3 percent, compared with 8.9 percent.

- Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 10.3 percent, compared with 9 percent.

- Flint, 10.1 percent, compared with 9.4 percent.

- Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 7 percent, compared with 6.5 percent.

- Holland-Grand Haven, 7.2 percent, compared with 6.6 percent.

- Jackson, 9.4 percent, compared with 8.7 percent.

- Kalamazoo-Portage, 8 percent, compared with 7.4 percent.

- Lansing-East Lansing, 8.1 percent, compared with 7.5 percent.

- Monroe, 8.8 percent, compared with 8.2 percent.

- Muskegon-Norton Shores, 9.2 percent, compared with 8.6 percent.

- Niles-Benton Harbor, 9.4 percent, compared with 8.9 percent.

- Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 9.5 percent, compared with 8.9 percent.

- Upper Peninsula, 9.6 percent, compared with 9.5 percent.

- Northeast Lower Michigan, 11 percent, compared with 10.8 percent.

- Northwest Lower Michigan, 9.4 percent, compared with 9.3 percent.

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

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