Jobless rate drops in U.P., locally

ESCANABA – Unemployment rates dropped seasonally in the Upper Peninsula in April by 1.2 percent from 10.3 percent in March to 9.1 percent. In Delta County and other parts of the U.P. the drop was more significant.

In Delta County the jobless rate dropped to 8.7 percent in April from 10.1 percent in March. This rate is down from last year, when April unemployment was also 10.1 percent.

Menominee County also saw a drop in unemployment and fell to a below average jobless rate for April this year. This April’s unemployment rate was 7.1 percent, down from 8.2 percent in March, and 7.7 percent in April 2013.

Unlike Menominee County, Schoolcraft was recognized as having an above average jobless rate for the month of April (12.5 percent), but the county also saw the second greatest drop in unemployment from March’s rate – 14.4 percent – in the U.P. In April 2013 the jobless rate in Schoolcraft County was 13.6 percent.

Jobless rates fell seasonally in all but two of the 15 Upper Peninsula counties. Among the counties reporting jobless rate reductions, Mackinac County had the largest drop of -5.9 percentage points followed by Schoolcraft and Chippewa counties, down by -1.9 and -1.6 percentage points, respectively. Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties posted rate increases of 0.9 and 0.6 percentage points, respectively. The Michigan non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by -0.7 of a percentage point.

Below average April jobless rates in the Upper Peninsula were registered in Dickinson (7.0 percent), Menominee, and Marquette (7.4 percent) counties.

The highest unemployment rate in Michigan in April was in Mackinac County at 17.8 percent. Above average rates were also recorded in Ontonagon (14.1 percent), Keweenaw (13.2 percent), Baraga (12.7 percent), and Schoolcraft counties.

Seasonal job advances in April are typically registered in the Upper Peninsula in sectors such as accommodation and food services, construction and retail trade.