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MICHIGAN JOBLESS RATE DROPS SLIGHTLY IN AUGUST

 MICHIGAN JOBLESS RATE DROPS SLIGHTLY IN AUGUST
 DETROIT, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Employment in Michigan climbed for


the second straight month leading to a drop in the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate which fell to 9.0 percent in August, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), reported today.
 According to estimates prepared for Michigan by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of unemployed workers across the state declined by 22,000 last month, dropping to 415,000. In July the jobless total was 437,000 or 9.4 percent of the state's work force. A year ago, August 1991, unemployment stood at 9.1 percent with 405,000 out of work.
 The number of Michigan workers with jobs climbed by 14,000 to 4,215,000 in August, while the labor force edged down by 7,000 to 4,631,000.
 "Employment growth in the manufacturing and construction sectors during August was encouraging," Edwards said. "There was some pickup in construction hiring, which had been flat in recent months, while worker callbacks, following model changeover and production adjustment layoffs in the auto industry and among suppliers, pushed manufacturing employment levels back to their April and May levels.
 "There were also employment increases in local government thanks to federally funded summer youth jobs programs," he added.
 For the three months ending in August, Michigan's unemployment rate averaged 7.7 percent, up from 7.3 percent for the March to May period. During the June to August quarter in 1991, unemployment averaged 8.9 percent.
 Among the nation's 11 largest states, California had the highest August rate at 9.8 percent followed by New Jersey at 9.4 percent. Michigan had the third-highest rate while North Carolina had the lowest rate at 6.2 percent.
 Michigan's unadjusted jobless rate in August was 8.5 percent, down a full point from July's 9.5 percent. The number of unemployed dropped by 48,000 to 400,000.
 Nationally, the seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate for the civilian labor force declined to 7.6 percent from 7.7 percent in July.
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 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/ CO: Michigan Employment Security Commission ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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