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IRON MOUNTAIN: The Upper Peninsula jobless rate rose to 6.6% in February, up from 6.3% in January, but down from the 7.5% reported a year ago, according to data from the Department of Management and Budget. Michigan Tech.

“Most of Michigan’s regional labor markets showed only minor changes in unemployment in February,” said Wayne Rourke, associate director of the Office of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.

The statewide unemployment rate was 5.3% in February, down from 5.1% in January and down from the 6.8% rate in February 2021. Unemployment rates fell in all 17 labor market areas of Michigan during the year with an average decrease of 1.5 percentage points.

“Payroll jobs rose seasonally in government as classes resumed at area schools and colleges, and some metro areas were hit by layoffs or recalls in the auto sector.” Rourk said.

Dickinson County’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for February was 4.8%, up from 4.5% in January and down from the February 2021 rate of 5.8%.

The county’s unemployment rate in February 2020 was 4.2%. Two months later it would skyrocket to 16.9%, the peak of layoffs due to the pandemic.

The civilian labor force in Dickinson County numbered 12,174 in February, including 582 unemployed. That compares to a workforce of 12,048 in February 2020 before the pandemic, when 500 were out of work.

Iron County was one of 13 Michigan counties that showed a rate decline for the month. Its unemployment rate fell to 6.8% in February, from 6.9% in January. Iron County’s unemployment rate was 8% a year ago, while the February 2020 rate was 6%.

The labor force in Iron County totaled 4,775 in February, including 330 unemployed. As of February 2020, the county’s workforce numbered 4,995, with 296 out of work.

Menominee County had the lowest unemployment rate in UP in February at 4.4%, followed by Dickinson County’s rate of 4.8%. Mackinac County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 18.1%.

The US unemployment rate in February was 3.8%.

FEBRUARY 2022 UNEMPLOYMENT

COUNTY …………… RATE

Menominee…………. 4.4%

Dickinson …………… 4.8%

Houghton …………… 5.1%

Gogebic………………5.5%

Marquette ………….. 5.7%

Keweenaw…………. .6.7%

Iron …………………… 6.8%

Delta……………………. 7.0%

Light……………………. 7.3%

Ontonagon ………… 7.5%

Chippewa …………… 8.0%

Algiers ………………… 9.0%

Baraga ……………… 9.3%

Crafts ……….10.3%

Mackinac…………..18.1%

UP …………………..6.6%

Michigan …………… 5.3%

USA ………………….. 3.8%



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