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U.P.’s jobless rate up slightly in June

Dickinson County’s rate the same as a year ago — 8.1 percent

July 27, 2013
The Daily News

By LINDA LOBECK

Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - There was little change in the unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula from May to June - edging up slightly by .1 percent to 9.6 percent, according to figures released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

"The number of employed and unemployed rose seasonally in June. During the month, unemployment rates increased in eight of the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties.

Monthly gains ranged from .1 percent in Houghton and Luce counties to .5 percent in Chippewa and Schoolcraft counties," noted Bruce Weaver, analyst in Detroit.

Among the counties reporting rate reductions for June, Iron County had the smallest drop - by .2 percent while the largest reduction was posted by Keweenaw County, which was down by 1.8 percent.

Mackinac County, at 5.2 percent, posted the lowest jobless rate in Michigan during June. Relatively low jobless rates were also recorded in Menominee and Dickinson counties at 6.3 and 8.1 percent, respectively.

Baraga County reported the highest monthly jobless rate in the state at 17.9 percent. Above average rates were also seen in Ontonagon County at 14 percent and Schoolcraft County at 13.1 percent.

Dickinson County's unemployment rate rose by .4 percent in June to a rate of 8.1, up from 7.7 percent recorded in May. The rate a year ago was the same - at 8.1 percent.

The civilian labor force for Dickinson County totaled 13,850 with 12,750 employed and 1,125 unemployed in June.

A drop of .2 percent was found with the jobless rate recorded in Iron County in June. The rate was at 9.6 percent, down from 9.8 percent in May. The rate a year ago was at 8.7 percent.

Iron County's civilian labor force totaled 5,600, with 5,050 employed and 550 unemployed.

"Job advances in the Upper Peninsula in June typically occur in construction and industries associated with the arrival of tourism and recreation season such as retail, transportation, recreational services and accommodation and food services," Weaver noted.

He added that these seasonal summer job gains were not large enough this year to accommodate all of the new entrants to the local labor market. This resulted in the jobless rates edging up in some U.P. counties in June.

Since June 2012, the U.P. jobless rate inched up by .3 percent.

"Over the year, jobless rates increased in 12 of the 15 regional counties in the U.P. with the largest rate gains in Keweenaw and Baraga counties - up by 2.3 and 1.8 percent, respectively. Menominee County had the only significant rate decline since June 2012 from 7.4 a years ago to 6.3 percent this year.

The U.P.'s unemployment rate for June of 9.6 percent was slightly higher that the state rate of 9.4 percent and substantially higher than the national rate of 7.8 percent for the month.

COUNTIES RATE

Mackinac ..................5.2 percent

Menominee................6.3 percent

Dickinson...................8.1 percent

Marquette.....................9 percent

Delta..........................9.6 percent

Iron.............................9.6 percent

Alger..........................9.9 percent

Houghton................10.3 percent

Luce.........................10.8 percent

Gogebic...................11.2 percent

Chippewa................11.5 percent

Keweenaw...............12.7 percent

Schoolcraft...............13.1 percent

Ontonagon..................14 percent

Baraga.....................17.9 percent

U.P. rate.....................9.6 percent

Michigan....................9.4 percent

U.S. rate.....................7.8 percent

Linda Lobeck's email address is lobeck@ironmountaindailynews.com.

 
 

 

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