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      Upper Peninsula unemployment experiences slight decline

      Unemployment numbers for Michigan's Upper Peninsula were released on Friday for the month of April, and the report shows a deviation from the normal seasonal changes.

      According to the report by the State of Michigan, Upper Michigan had gone down in unemployment by .1 percent. The report says that the change from 9.9 percent to 9.8 percent unemployment between March and April is different than the normal seasonal change in the Upper Peninsula.

      Seven of the U.P.'s 15 counties experienced a decline in unemployment, including Baraga and Mackinac counties. The county that gained the highest amount of jobless claims in the U.P. was Gogebic County, which increased by 1.1 percent to 10.8 percent unemployment.

      The report points to weather conditions in the delay of season employment increases, as Upper Michigan was hit with winter weather well into spring.