News for Upper Michigan.
Unemployment drops in U.P.
October 1, 2012
ESCANABA – The jobless rate in the Upper Peninsula contracted in August to 8.4 percent, a monthly drop of 1.1 percentage points. Locally, Delta, Menominee and Schoolcraft counties all saw a drop in their rate from last month, as well.
Of the central U.P. counties, Schoolcraft County posted the highest drop – a decline of 1.5 points in its unemployment rate, from 11.3 in July to 9.8 in August. This is also down from a year ago, when unemployment there was at 11.1.
Delta and Menominee counties also saw a decrease in their unemployment rate, with Delta County falling 1.1 points to 8.3 in August, and Menominee County seeing a slight decrease from 7.8 in July to 7.2 in August.
During August, Mackinac County registered the lowest unemployment rate in Michigan at 3.8 percent, and below average rates were also posted by Menominee and Dickinson counties with 7.2 and 7.4 percent, respectively. The highest jobless rate in Michigan was recorded by Baraga County at 14.3 percent. Other Upper Peninsula counties with high jobless rates included Ontonagon County (12.1 percent) and Luce County (10.3 percent).
The drop in August jobless rates in many Upper Peninsula counties was primarily related to a seasonal reduction in the number of individuals actively looking for work.
Read more at The Escanaba Daily Press.
The news sounds good but it only means that people stopped looking for work. They gave up on a job! The headlines do not tell the real story. The economy is still bad. Business will not hire until they know who will be president in 2013.
Do the people of the U.P. want four more years of this?