FROM STAFF REPORTS
LANSING — Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates are down across Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.
In northwest Lower Michigan, the unemployment rate for September 2012 is 7.8 percent, down from 8.5 percent in August and 9.6 percent in September 2011.
In September, 11 major regions in Michigan displayed jobless rates at or below the U.S. seasonally unadjusted rate of 7.6 percent.
Northwest Lower Michigan was also among those with the most pronounced reductions in labor force levels.
Statewide, government led job gains with seasonal advances in local government education and state government education as students returned to colleges, universities and local schools in the fall. Private sector jobs declined by 18,000, or 0.5 percent, in September due to seasonal reductions in leisure and hospitality services and trade, transportation and utilities. The decreases were partially offset by a seasonal gain in private education.