Washtenaw County unemployment rate rises in December
Washtenaw County's unemployment rate rose from 5.1 percent in November to 5.5 percent in December, according to statistics released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.
The number of jobs based in Washtenaw rose by 500 jobs from November to December, but the percentage of county residents with a job fell.
The number of employed county residents dropped by 1,900, while the number of unemployed residents seeking a job dropped by 600.
Retailers, professional and business services companies and local public universities added jobs from November to December, but seasonal declines in jobs at public schools contributed to an uptick in the unemployment rate.
Washtenaw had 1,400 more jobs in December than it had in December 2010.
The county's unemployment rate averaged 6.6 percent in 2011, down from 8.1 percent.
Michigan's unemployment rate fell to 9.3 percent in December, the lowest it's been in more than three years.