Statewide unemployment drops below 5 percent but northern counties still struggle

Capital News Service
LANSING- The percent of unemployed Michigan workers dropped below five percent last January for the first time since 2001, the  Department of Technology, Management & Budget reported recently. But many workers in the northern part of the state didn’t fare as well as the rest of the state. Montmorency, Presque Isle and Schoolcraft counties all have double the state’s unemployment rate. Cheboygan and Mackinac counties have triple, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. That may be due to which industries are leading the state’s economic growth.