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MICHIGAN'S JOBLESS RATE HOLDS AT 7.3 PERCENT IN JULY

 DETROIT, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Unemployment across Michigan remained unchanged from June to July at a seasonally adjusted 7.3 percent, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission, reported today.
 "Employment conditions remained stable in the state during July," Edwards said. "There were good employment gains in construction, retail trade and services but they were offset by losses in local government and in the automotive and related industries."
 Michigan's jobless total edged down by 1,000 in July to 345,000, according to labor force estimates prepared by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, 346,000 or 7.3 percent of the state's work force were unemployed. A year ago, unemployment was nearly two percentage points higher at 9.1 percent with 423,000 out of work.
 The number of workers in the labor force and the number with jobs both dropped by 16,000 last month. The labor force fell to 4,709,000, while employment dipped to 4,364,000. Despite the drops, both totals are substantially above their year-ago levels. Employment is up by 158,000 and the work force by 80,000.
 In looking at the Michigan's July numbers, Edwards said, "Most of the employment decline in the auto and supplier industries resulted from temporary layoffs, although there were also some permanent production worker layoffs from GM's closed Willow Run facility. In addition, these estimates do not include those who were on temporary layoff during GM's two-week statewide shutdown at the end of July, which missed the week when workers are surveyed about their employment status.
 "At the local government level, employment is down from June when extra election workers were hired temporarily to administer the statewide election on Proposal A," he added.
 For the three months ending in July, Michigan's jobless rate was 7.2 percent, up from February to April's average of 6.6 percent. The current rate is down from the 8.9 percent rate registered from May to July 1992.
 Among the nation's 11 largest states, Michigan ranked third tied with Pennsylvania and behind California at 9.8 percent and New York at 7.5 percent. North Carolina had the lowest rate at 4.5 percent.
 The seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in July, down from 7.0 percent in June.
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