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      Upper Michigan unemployment on the rise

      Jobless Data for Upper Michigan in November, 2013

      Unemployment information is in for the month of November, and the numbers were up in several Upper Peninsula counties.

      According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, unemployment rose in nine of fifteen counties, with an overall monthly increase of .4 percent U.P. wide.

      Mackinac County experienced the largest spike in unemployment, with an increase of 9.9 percent. Baraga and Houghton experienced the greatest declines, dropping .7 percent in unemployment.

      The report cites seasonal reasons for some of the unemployment increases throughout the Upper Peninsula, including the construction, accommodation and food service, and recreational service industries.

      Overall, the Upper Peninsula is up 1.2 percent of 2012's unemployment numbers for November. The report indicated that the January-November period shows an average of 9.4 percent unemployment in 2013, but only 9.1 percent in 2012. The numbers for the Upper Peninsula, which are not seasonally adjusted, show that the 9 percent unemployment is well above Michigan's 7.8 percent and the national unemployment percentage of 6.6.

      Unemployment % by County:

      Chippewa - 12.1Luce - 11.1Mackinac - 15.8Alger - 11.1Delta - 8.9Dickinson - 7.2Marquette - 7.1Menominee - 6.5Schoolcraft - 12.8Baraga - 15.3Gogebic - 9.6Houghton - 7.9Keweenaw - 15.4Iron - 9.5Ontonagon - 13.2