Washtenaw County's unemployment rate falls to 8.4 percent in September
Washtenaw County's unemployment rate slipped from 8.8 percent in August to 8.4 percent in September, according to statistics released this afternoon by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.
The county added 5,500 jobs from August to September, including 4,000 additional jobs in state government, a sector that includes the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.
"This is a typical seasonal gain for September," DELEG said in a news release.
The Ann Arbor region's unemployment rate is down from 8.9 percent in September 2009. Some 166,400 Washtenaw County residents have jobs, up from 164,900 a year ago. About 15,200 Washtenaw County residents are looking for a job but can't find one.
The number of jobs located in Washtenaw County is 191,300, which is up from 185,800 in August and 190,300 a year ago. Those figures reflect the total number of jobs in the county. Workers who have multiple jobs could be counted more than once, and people who commute into the county to work are also counted.
Washtenaw County has the third lowest unemployment rate among Michigan's 83 counties. Mackinac (5.8 percent) and Cheboygan (8.0 percent) have better rates.
Washtenaw County's rate peaked at 10.0 percent in July, the worst it had been in 13 months.
Michigan's unemployment rate in September was 13 percent.