Unemployment rates increase locally, in U.P.

ESCANABA – The jobless rate locally and in the Upper Peninsula as a whole rose in July, according to data released by the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

The unemployment rate in Delta County was 8.7 percent in July, up from 8.2 percent in June. The jobless rate was 10.1 percent a year ago.

In Schoolcraft County, the unemployment rate was 10.7 in July. That compares to a jobless rate of 10.5 percent in June and 12.9 percent last year at this time.

Menominee County’s jobless rate was 6.9 percent in July, up from 6.2 percent in June. The unemployment rate was 7.4 percent there a year ago.

Statistics for the Upper Peninsula mirrored local results. The July unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula rose slightly to 8.5 percent, edging up by 0.2 of a percentage point.

The Michigan not seasonally adjusted jobless rate moved up as well during July, advancing by 0.7 of a percentage point to 8.6 percent.

July jobless rates increased modestly in nine of the Upper Peninsula counties with rate hikes ranging from 0.1 (Keweenaw County) to 0.7 (Menominee County) percentage points.

Five counties (Baraga, Ontonagon, Alger, Mackinac and Chippewa) experienced rate declines in July, with Baraga and Ontonagon counties showing the largest reductions of -0.9 and -0.5 percentage points, respectively. Iron County had no rate change in July, holding steady at 8.7 percent.

In July, Mackinac County recorded the lowest June jobless rate in Michigan of 4.1 percent. The highest jobless rate in Michigan was reported by Ontonagon County at 12.6 percent.

Other Upper Peninsula counties with above average jobless rates were Baraga (11.8 percent), Schoolcraft (10.7 percent), Chippewa (10.6 percent) and Keweenaw (10.2 percent).

Job additions in July in the Upper Peninsula are typically concentrated in construction and accommodation and food services.

Over the year, the Upper Peninsula’s jobless rate fell by -1.4 percentage points. Jobless rates improved over the year in all 15 of the U.P. counties. The largest rate reductions occurred in Baraga County (-3.8 percentage points), Keweenaw County (-2.4 percentage points) and Schoolcraft County (-2.2 percentage points). The lowest jobless rate cut was posted by Menominee County, down by -0.5 of a percentage point.