2019-01-10 / Community

UP jobless rate increases, county rate remains high

LANSING – The Upper Peninsula jobless rate increased seasonally in November to 4.4 percent, a monthly advance of six tenths of a percentage point above the October rate of 3.8 percent.

Ten of the Upper Peninsula’s 15 counties reported higher jobless rates during November, with monthly rate gains ranging from 0.1 percentage points in Gogebic County to 7.1 percentage points in Mackinac County. The rate increase in Mackinac County was due to typical seasonal reductions in tourism-related jobs.

Schoolcraft County’s jobless rate for November was 5.3 percent, above the October rate of 5.1 percent, but lower than September’s jobless rate of 7 percent.

The counties of Dickinson, Houghton, Marquette, and Menominee reported no monthly change in the percent jobless while Baraga County (0.1 percentage points) had a modest decline.

Dickinson County had the lowest November jobless rate in the Upper Peninsula of 3.1 percent followed by Menominee (3.4 percent), Marquette (3.7 percent), and Houghton (3.8 percent). Mackinac County had the highest November jobless rate in Michigan at 9.8 percent.

Above regional average unemployment rates were also recorded in Keweenaw (6.9 percent), Alger (6.8 percent), Ontonagon (6.7 percent), and Luce (5.9 percent) counties.

Upper Peninsula payroll jobs 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.

Over the past year, the Upper Peninsula unemployment rate declined significantly by 1.1 percentage points. All counties reported jobless rate cuts ranging from 0.3 percentage points in Luce County to 2.1 percentage points in Ontonagon County.

The Upper Peninsula’s not seasonally adjusted November 2018 jobless rate of 4.4 percent was above Michigan’s rate of 3.6 percent and the national rate of 3.5 percent.

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