LANSING?- The unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula dropped slightly from March to April according to seasonally unadjusted figures released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. The rates declined in 15 of Michigan's 17 major labor markets. The April jobless rate in the 15-county Upper Peninsula labor market was 9.8 percent, down one-tenth of 1 percentage point from March's rate of 9.9, but was up fourth-tenths of 1 percent from the May 2012 9.4 percent rate. Out of a total civilian labor force of 144,200 the DTMB reported employment of 130,100 leaving 14,100 on the unemployment rolls. Baraga County regained the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the state at 17.7 percent even though the April rate was slightly lower than the March rate of 17.9 percent. Menominee County had the lowest rate in the peninsula at 6.9 percent up from the March rate of 6.4 percent.
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The above graphic shows the varying rates of unemployment for April, as well as the change from the previous month. The rate of unemployment in the U.P. as a whole dropped slightly. It’s down one-tenth of a percent from March’s rate 9.9 percent unemployment. The numbers were released last week by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.