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January Unemployment Remains Steady Over Last Year

The seasonally unadjusted rates ranged from a low of 5 percent in the Ann Arbor area to a high of 13.2 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. January unemployment was 8.5 percent in the populous metro Detroit area.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate remained stable in January in Detroit, heavily dependent on the auto industry, and statewide. (Photo: Fabrizio Costantini/Getty Images)
The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate remained stable in January in Detroit, heavily dependent on the auto industry, and statewide. (Photo: Fabrizio Costantini/Getty Images)

Michigan’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rose slightly in January to 8.1, up 0.4 percentage points from the month prior – but still well below the the 9.9 percent rate reported in January 2013.

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget, which released the figures, said January unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 13.2 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.

Unemployment in Detroit was 8.5 percent in January, a 0.5 point increase from the month prior.

Unemployment rates typically inch up in the cold winter months.

“Weather conditions typically have a large impact on jobs in January,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. “During January 2014, although jobs fell seasonally in a number of industries, the unemployment rate changes among Michigan regions were relatively modest. In addition, over the past year jobless rates have fallen in each metro area and county in Michigan.”

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