Marquette County's unemployment rate remained constant from January to February, at 8.4%, lower than the regional, state, and national unemployment rates. While the number of unemployment claims was up by 46, the number of employed people was up by 425. Most areas showed improvement over a year ago. County rates in Michigan ranged from 5.4% in Washtenaw County to 23.5% in Mackinac County. Those two counties normally have the extremes at this time of year--tourism is down in Mackinac County, while the college population is going strong in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Menominee, Dickinson, and Marquette counties have consistently led the UP in recent months, with lower unemployment rates than the rest of the region.
2/12 1/12 2/11
Mqt. Co. 8.4 8.4 9.7
UP 10.5 10.6 12.0
MI 9.4 9.7 11.3
US 8.7 8.8 9.5
Source: Michigan Labor Market Information, Michigan Dept. of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth. All rates not seasonally adjusted.
Maps from Beginning of Recession to May, 2011 (14.9 Mb download)