U.P. jobless rates down slightly

MARQUETTE – The jobless rate in June in the Upper Peninsula inched slowly down to 8.3 percent, 0.2 percentage points below the May rate of 8.5 percent, according to figures released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

In comparison, the state of Michigan’s unemployment rate moved up in June by .6 percentage points to 7.9 percent.

“Unemployment rates in June contracted in 10 of the 15 U.P. counties with reductions ranging from just .1 percent in Chippewa and Baraga counties to 1.6 percent in Keweenaw County. Marquette and Luce counties reported a small rate increase during the month of .2 and .1 percent, respectively,” said Bruce Weaver, analyst in Detroit. “Three counties – Dickinson, Delta and Houghton counties – posted no changes during the month in the jobless rates.”

Mackinac County registered the lowest June jobless rate at 4.2 percent. And relatively low rates were also posted in two counties – Menominee at 6.2 percent and Dickinson at 6.8 percent.

The highest unemployment rates were experienced in Ontonagon and Baraga Counties at 13 and 12.7 percent, respectively.

Dickinson County’s rate of 6.8 percent remained steady from April to June and a year ago was much higher at 8.4 percent.

The civilian labor force for Dickinson County in June totaled 13,700 with 12,775 employed and 925 unemployed.

In Iron County, the unemployment rate dipped to 8.7 percent, down from 9 percent in May. The rate a year ago was 9.9 percent

Iron County’s civilian labor force totaled 5,575 with 5,075 employed and 475 unemployed.

“Job gains in the U.P. during June are typically widespread across most industries with concentrations of job additions in construction and in industries associated with tourism and recreation season, such was retail trade, recreational services, accommodation and food services,” Weaver said.

Since June 2013, the U.P.’s jobless rate fell by 1.7 percent. Jobless rates dropped over the year in all of the 15 U.P. counties. The largest rate declines were observed in Baraga County by 4 percent, Keweenaw County by 2.5 percent and Schoolcraft County by 2.3 percent. The lowest jobless rate drop was posted by Menominee County, which was down by .5 percent.

The U.P. June unemployment rate of 8.3 percent was higher than the state rate of 7.9 and well above the national rate of 6.3.

COUNTY RATE

Mackinac………………4.2 percent

Menominee…………….6.2 percent

Dickinson……………….6.8 percent

Marquette……………….7.7 percent

Delta……………………..8.3 percent

Iron………………………..8.7 percent

Houghton………………8.9 percent

Luce…………………………9 percent

Alger………………………9.1 percent

Gogebic…………………9.3 percent

Keweenaw……………10.1 percent

Schoolcraft……………10.5 percent

Chippewa…………….10.7 percent

Baraga…………………12.7 percent

Ontonagon………………13 percent

U.P. rate…………………8.3 percent

Michigan………………..7.9 percent

U.S. rate…………………6.3 percent

Linda Lobeck’s email address is llobeck@ironmountaindailynews.com.