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MICHIGAN'S JOBLESS RATE EDGES UP IN NOVEMBER; EMPLOYMENT GROWTH STRONG

 DETROIT, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Unemployment in Michigan remained fairly stable in November, edging up by one tenth of a point to a seasonally adjusted 7.0 percent, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission, reported today.
 "Although Michigan's jobless rate rose slightly last month, our survey of state employers revealed rather strong employment growth in several industries," Edwards said. "Employment in the manufacturing sector, especially among the auto producers, showed solid gains as workers returned to their jobs from earlier retooling and production adjustment layoffs."
 In addition, there were employment increases in the retail trade and among some service industries.
 Employment losses were confined largely to seasonal industries such as construction, agriculture and tourism-related businesses like eating and drinking establishments, hotels, and amusement and recreation facilities.
 According to estimates prepared for Michigan by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), unemployment across the state rose slightly in November, climbing by 4,000 to 326,000. In October, 322,000 or 6.9 percent of the work force were jobless. A year ago, Michigan's jobless rate was 8.0 percent with 370,000 out of work.
 The BLS estimates also indicate drops in the state's labor force of 34,000 to 4,658,000 and in the employment level of 39,000 to 4,331,000.
 For the three months ending in November, Michigan's unemployment rate averaged 6.9 percent, down from 7.1 percent for the June to August period. In November 1992, the state's three-month moving average jobless rate was a point and a half higher at 8.4 percent.
 Among the nation's 11 largest state's, Michigan had the fourth- highest November unemployment rate, behind California (8.6 percent), New York (7.5 percent) and Pennsylvania (7.2 percent). North Carolina had the lowest rate at 3.9 percent.
 Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent in November from 6.8 percent in October.
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