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EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR FORCE SET NEW RECORDS IN JUNE

 DETROIT, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of workers in Michigan's labor force and the number with jobs established all-time highs in June, despite a climb in the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate to 7.3 percent, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission, reported today.
 The number of Michigan workers with jobs climbed by 24,000 in June to a record 4,380,000. The work force also set a state record, climbing to 4,725,000, an increase of 42,000 during the month. The previous employment and labor force records were set just a month earlier in May.
 Unemployment also rose in June, increasing by 18,000 to 346,000. In May, 328,000, 7.0 percent of the labor force, were jobless. The current June rate is well below the June 1992 rate of 8.9 percent, when 407,000 were unemployed.
 "Workers, including many young people, continued entering the state's job market in June seeking employment," Edwards said. "More than half of these jobseekers were able to find jobs as hiring picked up in our seasonal tourism and recreation-related industries."
 Industries reporting employment increases last month were eating and drinking establishments, hotels and lodging, amusements, and recreation. Construction reported normal seasonal increases, while manufacturing had scattered gains which were offset, in part, by model changeover layoffs in several Michigan auto plants.
 Over the year, employment in Michigan has climbed by 194,000, a 4.6-percent gain compared to the nation's 1.5-percent increase. The state labor force is up by almost 3.0 percent, having increased by 132,000, while the U.S. labor force grew by 0.7 percent.
 The state's quarterly moving average unemployment rate rose to 7.0 percent in June, up from 6.7 percent for the first three months of 1993. In the second quarter of 1992, unemployment averaged 8.9 percent.
 Among the nation's 11 largest states, Michigan had the fourth- highest June jobless rate behind California at 9.1 percent, Illinois at 8.0 percent and New York at 7.8 percent. North Carolina's 5.4 percent was the lowest rate.
 The nation's seasonally adjusted June jobless rate was 7.0 percent, up from 6.9 percent in May.
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