Unemployment Numbers Continue to Drop

Michigan officials say that seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have increased in all 17 major labor markets, though manufacturing layoffs were less evident as rebounding car companies maintained production.

The January figures were released Thursday. They show rates rose everywhere, with the Detroit region and the northeastern Lower Peninsula showing the highest jumps from December to January.

Officials say the increases are typical, with seasonal job cuts in most industries.

Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate was 9.7 percent, up from 9 percent in December but down from 11.6 in January 2011.

The figures show unemployment rates fell in all labor markets from January 2011 to January of this year. Over-the-year job gains were highest in construction, while government d jobs shrank.

Seasonally adjusted joblessness has been falling for months in Michigan.

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