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Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:27

Jobless rates fall across much of Michigan in November

(AREA) -- Unemployment figures have dropped in most of Michigan's regional labor markets, but have risen up north. The state said Tuesday that Michigan's seasonally unadjusted jobless rate was at 7.8 percent in November. That's down from 8.3 percent in October. The rates were lower in 14 of the state's 17 major labor markets but up in three northern Michigan areas. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget says the labor markets that saw unemployment rate increases were the Upper Peninsula, Northeast Lower Michigan and Northwest Lower Michigan. In the Thumb, Lapeer and Tuscola County saw rates of 9.6 percent in November. Sanilac County is at 9.2 percent, while St. Clair County is at 8.9 and Huron County at 7.2 percent, which is the lowest in the Thumb.