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MICHIGAN JOBLESS RATE EDGES UP IN FEBRUARY; RISES TO 9.0 PERCENT

 MICHIGAN JOBLESS RATE EDGES UP IN FEBRUARY; RISES TO 9.0 PERCENT
 DETROIT, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor market conditions in Michigan remained fairly stable during February as the statewide jobless rate edged up a tenth of a percentage point to a seasonally adjusted 9.0 percent, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), reported today.
 According to Michigan work force estimates prepared by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of unemployed workers climbed by 8,000 in February to 416,000. In January, 408,000 or 8.9 percent of the work force, were jobless. February's jobless rate, however, was below its year-ago level of 9.5 percent, when 434,000 were out of work.
 "There was little change in Michigan's employment situation from January to February," Edwards said. "Job levels in most industries remained basically unchanged during the month with only nominal gains and losses. The only significant employment changes occurred in manufacturing where there were some callbacks in the auto industry, and in government as semester breaks ended, returning workers to their jobs in local schools and at state colleges and universities."
 Employment in Michigan slipped by 14,000 in February to 4,185,000, a 0.3-percent decline. The work force also reported a slight drop, declining by 6,000 to 4,601,000.
 Among the nation's 11 largest states, Michigan continued to have the highest unemployment rate followed by New York at 8.9 percent and California at 8.7 percent. North Carolina had the lowest rate at 6.2 percent. Illinois and Ohio reported rates of 8.5 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively.
 The quarterly moving average jobless rate in Michigan was 9.0 percent for the three months ended in February. From September to November, unemployment averaged 9.4 percent, while the year-ago average for December to February 1991 was 8.3 percent.
 The state's unadjusted jobless rate was 9.8 percent in February, unchanged from January. The number of unemployed rose by 1,000 to 449,000.
 Nationally, the civilian labor force registered a seasonally adjusted February jobless rate of 7.3 percent, an increase from January's 7.1 percent.
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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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