Economy
9:38 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Michigan joblessness rises slightly

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's seasonally unadjusted unemployment has risen 0.4 percentage points in the latest monthly report to 8.1 percent.  

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget released regional joblessness figures for January on Thursday.

The statewide rate in January is down from 9.9 percent one year earlier.

The department says January's unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 13.2 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. It says the rate was 8.5 percent in the populous Detroit area, a 0.5-point increase.

The state says weather typically drives up unemployment in winter months.