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Compare Michigan unemployment numbers by region

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Unemployment rates went down in the majority of Michigan from October to November 2013.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget released November unemployment rates by region today. 

They assessed 17 areas throughout the state. According to the press release, unemployment rates went down in 14 regions, and increased in three. The areas where unemployment went up was in northern regions, and were due to seasonal changes. 

"November fluctuations in Michigan's local labor markets were mostly minor in the southern part of the state and seasonal in the northern areas," said Michael Williams, acting director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. "Payroll job changes were typical for this time of year, with job cuts in tourism-related industries and construction somewhat offset by gains in retail trade."

Here are the numbers as reported by The Associated Press:

Michigan's major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for November, followed by October: - Michigan, 7.8%, compared with 8.3% - Ann Arbor, 5.3%, compared with 6% - Battle Creek, 6.5%, compared with 7.2% - Bay City, 7.9%, compared with 8.4% - Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 8.3%, compared with 9% - Flint, 9%, compared with 9.7% - Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 5.6%, compared with 6.3% - Holland-Grand Haven, 5.8%, compared with 6.4% - Jackson, 8%, compared with 8.6% - Kalamazoo-Portage, 6.7%, compared with 7.3% - Lansing-East Lansing, 6.3%, compared with 7.1% - Monroe, 7.3%, compared with 7.7% - Muskegon-Norton Shores, 7.9%, compared with 8.7% - Niles-Benton Harbor, 8.1%, compared with 8.6% - Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 8.1%, compared with 8.9% - Upper Peninsula, 9%, compared with 8.6% - Northeast Lower Michigan, 11.7%, compared with 10.8% - Northwest Lower Michigan, 9.2%, compared with 9% Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

-- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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