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Jobless rate in Dickinson County up only slightly from year ago

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s jobless rate fell to 3.6% in October, only slightly higher than the rate of 3.2% in October 2019, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

Dickinson’s unemployment rate in September was 5.8%.

“Regional jobless rates continued to decrease in October with modest recalls of workers from pandemic-related layoffs,” said Wayne Rourke, associate director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. Industry jobs still remain below levels of a year ago, he added.

Across the state, the largest over-the-month non-farm job addition occurred in the professional and business services sector, with an advance of 14,000 jobs, Rourke said.

The statewide unemployment rate in October was 5.1%, down from 8.2% in September but up from 3.5% a year ago.

The Upper Peninsula reported a seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 3.7% in October, which compared with 6.1% in September and 3.4% in October 2019.

The region’s civilian labor force total of 139,300 was down by 2,700 workers from a month ago but up by the same amount over the year. There were 5,200 U.P. workers who were unemployed in September, down from 8,600 in September.

Iron County’s October unemployment rate was 3.8%, down from 5.9% in September and 4.2% a year ago.

The lowest jobless rate in the U.P. in October was 3% in Mackinac County, while the highest was 5.7% in Baraga County.

COUNTY RATE

Mackinac ………………… 3.0%

Houghton ………………… 3.3%

Marquette ……………….. 3.3%

Dickinson ………………… 3.6%

Keweenaw ……………… 3.6%

Iron ………………………… 3.8%

Luce ………………………. 3.8%

Menominee …………….. 3.8%

Delta ………………………. 3.9%

Schoolcraft ……………… 3.9%

Chippewa ……………….. 3.9%

Gogebic ………………….. 4.5%

Alger ………………………. 4.7%

Ontonagon ……………… 5.0%

Baraga ……………………. 5.7%

U.P. ……………………….. 3.7%

Michigan ………………… 5.1%

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