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The unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula changed little during the month of July; the regional rate rose slightly to 9.7 percent.

In Delta County, unemployment rose 0.3 percentage points from 9.6 to 9.9 percent from June to July, up from 9.5 percent last year.

Schoolcraft County also saw a modest increase from 13.1 to 13.4 percent over the same time, up from 12.2 percent one year ago.

In Menominee County, unemployment rose 0.5 points from 6.3 to 6.8 percent, but is down from 7.8 percent in July 2012.

During the month, unemployment rates contracted in eight of the Upper Peninsula’s 15 counties with minor monthly declines ranging from -0.1 of a percentage point (Keweenaw County) to -0.5 of a percentage point (Ontonagon County). The largest jobless rate advances in July were posted by Chippewa and Menominee counties, both moving up by 0.5 of a percentage point. Dickinson County reported no rate change for the month.

Mackinac County (4.9 percent) had the lowest jobless rate in Michigan during July, and Menominee and Dickinson counties had relatively low rates as well at 6.8 and 8.0 percent, respectively. Baraga County registered the highest jobless rate in Michigan in July at 17.5 percent. Above average rates were also posted in Ontonagon County (13.5 percent) Schoolcraft County (13.4 percent), Keweenaw County (12.5 percent), and Chippewa County (12.0 percent).

Job advances in July in the Upper Peninsula are usually concentrated in the accommodation and food service sector, as hotel and restaurant jobs are generated by substantial increases in tourism activity. Construction and retail jobs also typically rise during July.

The Upper Peninsula unemployment rate was flat over the past year, edging up by just 0.1 of a percentage point. Since July 2012, jobless rates rose in 10 of the 15 regional counties, with the largest rate advance occurring in Keweenaw County (4.2 percentage points). Menominee, Dickinson, Alger, Gogebic and Marquette counties reported rate declines since July 2012, ranging from -0.1 of a percentage point (Marquette County) to -1.0 percentage point (Menominee County). The jobless rate in Luce County remained unchanged during this period.

The Upper Peninsula’s not seasonally adjusted July 2013 unemployment rate of 9.7 percent matched the Michigan jobless rate, but was two percentage points above the national rate of 7.7 percent.