Washtenaw County's unemployment rate falls to lowest in state
Washtenaw County's unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in November, the lowest rate among Michigan's 83 counties, according to statistics released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.
The number of Washtenaw County residents with jobs rose by 1,300 from October to November, while the labor force rose by 300 people, leading to a drop in the unemployment rate from 5.7 percent in October.
The unemployment rate — which was 6.9 percent a year ago — dropped from October to November mostly because of seasonal holiday retail jobs and public sector positions, including temporary student jobs and support staff.
The Ann Arbor area's professional and business services sector, which had added about 2,000 jobs from July to October, lost 1,500 jobs from October to November.
Retailers added 400 jobs, and the public sector — which, in Washtenaw County, includes jobs at the University of Michigan Health System — added 700 jobs.
The number of jobs based in Washtenaw County fell by 500 from October to November.