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Michigan releases August regional jobless rates

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have decreased in all of Michigan's 17 major labor markets.

The figures for August were released Thursday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, and they reflect seasonal reductions in the work force.

Fewer unemployed workers actively sought employment in August than in July. Summer hiring receded from a July peak.

Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate in August was 11% compared with 11.9% in July.

Rates ranged from a low of 7.2% in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 12.9% in the Detroit region.

Seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan increased by 0.3% in August.

Jobs were added in manufacturing, construction and professional and business services. The state lost government jobs.

Michigan's major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for August and changes since July:

  • Ann Arbor, 7.2 percent, compared with 7.8 percent.
  • Battle Creek, 9.4 percent, compared with 10.2 percent.
  • Bay City, 9.7 percent, compared with 10 percent.
  • Detroit-Warren-Livonia, 12.9 percent, compared with 14.2
  • percent.
  • Flint, 11.4 percent, compared with 12.4 percent.
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 8.6 percent, compared with 9.1 percent.
  • Holland-Grand Haven, 8.5 percent, compared with 9.1 percent.
  • Jackson, 10.3 percent, compared with 11 percent.
  • Kalamazoo-Portage, 8.9 percent, compared with 9.5 percent.
  • Lansing-East Lansing, 8.4 percent, compared with 9.2 percent.
  • Monroe, 10.2 percent, compared with 11.1 percent.
  • Muskegon-Norton Shores, 10.7 percent, compared with 11.2
  • percent.
  • Niles-Benton Harbor, 10.2 percent, compared with 10.8 percent.
  • Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, 9.8 percent, compared with
  • 10.4 percent.
  • Upper Peninsula, 9.5 percent, compared with 9.9 percent.
  • Northeast Lower Michigan, 11.5 percent, compared with 12.2
  • percent.
  • Northwest Lower Michigan, 10.2 percent, compared with 10.5
  • percent.
  • Michigan, 11 percent, compared with 11.9 percent.

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