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MICHIGAN JOBLESS RATE EDGES UP IN APRIL

 MICHIGAN JOBLESS RATE EDGES UP IN APRIL
 DETROIT, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan's seasonally adjusted April


unemployment rate was little changed from March, climbing by only a tenth of a percentage point to 9.4 percent, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), reported today.
 According to labor force estimates prepared for the state by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobless Michigan workers actually dropped by 3,000 last month to 430,000. In March, 433,000 or 9.3 percent of the work force were jobless. A year ago, April 1991, the state jobless rate was 9.7 percent with 443,000 out of work.
 "Workers seeking temporary jobs have been moving in and out of the labor force over the past two months," Edwards explained. "After entering the job market in March, they left in April, causing large declines in the labor force and employment levels. As a result, the jobless rate increased last month, despite a slight decline in the number of unemployed."
 Employment statewide dropped by 67,000 in April, falling to 4,142,000. The work force declined by 68,000, dropping to 4,573,000.
 Industry employment levels were stable from March to April, according to preliminary results from a MESC survey of employers.
 "There was the normal spring hiring pickup in the retail trade and construction industries," Edwards said. "Auto industry employment was basically unchanged as worker callbacks at some plants were offset by short-term layoffs at others. Local government employment, however, was down during the month."
 Michigan's quarterly moving average jobless rate for the three months ended in April was 9.3 percent, up from the 9.2 percent for the November through January period. Last year, unemployment averaged 9.8 percent during the February to April quarter.
 Among the nation's 11 largest states, Michigan had the highest April rate followed by Massachusetts at 8.6 percent. North Carolina had the lowest rate at 5.4 percent. The neighboring states of Illinois and Ohio had jobless rates of 7.9 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively.
 Michigan's unadjusted April jobless rate was 9.4 percent, down from 10.0 percent in March. The number of unemployed fell by 37,000 to 422,000.
 Nationally, unemployment among the civilian labor force declined to a seasonally adjusted 7.2 percent in April from 7.3 percent in March.
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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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