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MICHIGAN EMPLOYMENT SETS RECORD IN MAY; UNEMPLOYMENT EDGES UP TO 7.0 PERCENT

 DETROIT, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of Michigan workers with jobs set a new record in May for the second straight month, despite an increase of three-tenths of a percentage point in the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate, which rose to 7.0 percent, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), reported today.
 Employment statewide climbed by 32,000 last month to a record 4,356,000, according to seasonally adjusted estimates prepared for Michigan by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, the number of workers entering the job market grew by 51,000, pushing the state labor force to an all-time high of 4,683,000. The previous labor force peak had been 4,666,000 set before the recession in October 1989.
 Michigan's unemployment level rose by 20,000 to 328,000 during May. In April the jobless total was 308,000, 6.7 percent of the state work force. A year ago, May 1992, unemployment was at 8.7 percent with 403,000 out of work.
 "In May Michigan experienced a typical pattern of labor force and employment growth as workers, including many youth, began entering the job market in search of seasonal jobs which become more plentiful as we approach the summer season," Edwards explained.
 Among the industries reporting hiring gains in May were construction, services, agriculture and local government. Local government employment rose as seasonal jobs opened at municipal parks and golf courses. In addition, retail employment reported its normal seasonal hiring increases.
 "Overall, employment in Michigan was up substantially over both the month and the year," Edwards said. "Employment grew by 143,000 since May 1992, a 3.4 percent increase, and by 0.7 percent since April 1993."
 Among the nation's 11 most populous states, Michigan ranked seventh behind California, which had the highest jobless rate in May at 8.7 percent. North Carolina had the lowest rate at 5.1 percent.
 Michigan's moving average unemployment rate for the three months ending in May was 6.7 percent, down from the December to February rate of 7.3 percent. Last year, unemployment averaged 9.1 percent from March to May.
 Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down to 6.9 percent in May from 7.0 percent in April.
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 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of the Michigan Employment Security Commission, 313-876-5488/


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