ESCANABA - The jobless rate remained unchanged in Delta County in June, according to statistics from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. The unemployment rate in neighboring Schoolcraft and Menominee counties, however, decreased slightly. Unemployment also dropped in the U.P. as a whole.
Delta County's jobless rate remained at 8.3 percent in June. That compares to a 10.1 percent unemployment rate a year ago.
The jobless rate in Schoolcraft County dropped to 10.5 percent in June - down from 10.7 percent the previous month.
The unemployment rate was 12.8 percent there a year ago.
June's jobless rate was 6.2 percent in Menominee County, a drop from 6.5 percent in May. Menominee County recorded a 6.7 percent jobless rate a year ago.
During June, the unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula inched down by 0.2 percentage points to 8.3 percent.
In comparison, the Michigan not seasonally adjusted jobless rate moved up in June, increasing by six-tenths of a percentage point to 7.9 percent.
Unemployment rates in June contracted in 10 of the 15 Upper Peninsula counties with reductions ranging from just -0.1 of a percentage point (Chippewa and Baraga counties) to -1.6 percentage points (Keweenaw County).
Marquette and Luce counties reported small rate increases of 0.2 and 0. of a percentage point, respectively, while Delta, Dickinson and Houghton counties posted no changes for the month.
Mackinac County registered the lowest June jobless rate in Michigan at 4.2 percent.
Relatively low jobless rates were also posted in Menominee (6.2 percent) and Dickinson (6.8 percent) counties.
The highest unemployment rates in Michigan were experienced in Ontonagon and Baraga counties at 13.0 and 12.7 percent, respectively.
Job gains in the Upper Peninsula during June are typically widespread across most industries, with concentrations of job additions in construction, and in industries associated with the tourism and recreation season, such as retail trade, recreational services, accommodation, and food services.
Since June 2013, the Upper Peninsula's jobless rate fell by -1.7 percentage points. Jobless rates dropped over the year in all 15 of the U.P. counties.
The largest rate declines were observed in Baraga County (-4.0 percentage points), Keweenaw County (-2.5 percentage points) and Schoolcraft County (-2.3 percentage points). The lowest jobless rate drop was posted by Menominee County, down by -0.5 of a percentage point.
The Upper Peninsula's not seasonally adjusted June 2014 unemployment rate of 8.3 percent was slightly above the Michigan rate of 7.9 percent, but was well above the national rate of 6.3 percent.