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MICHIGAN JOBLESS RATE EDGES UP IN JUNE; RISES TO 8.8 PERCENT FROM 8.6 PERCENT IN MAY

 MICHIGAN JOBLESS RATE EDGES UP IN JUNE;
 RISES TO 8.8 PERCENT FROM 8.6 PERCENT IN MAY
 DETROIT, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Unemployment in Michigan inched up by two-tenths of a percentage point in June, rising to a seasonally adjusted 8.8 percent and only a percentage point above the national level, F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), reported today.
 According to labor force estimates prepared by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan's jobless total rose by 5,000 in June, climbing to 404,000. In May, 399,000 workers, 8.6 percent of the labor force, were unemployed. A year ago, the jobless rate was 9.1 percent with 411,000 out of work.
 "Basically labor market conditions in Michigan were unchanged from May to June with relatively small changes in unemployment and employment levels," Edwards said.
 "There were some job increases in the construction and service industries last month, but there were also losses in several other industries," he noted. "For example, employment was down in the auto industry because of a temporary production adjustment layoff, among local school districts as classes ended for the summer and in retail trade because of a strike and a cutback in warehousing."
 The statewide work force declined by 37,000 in June, falling to 4,586,000. Employment also fell, dropping by 42,000 to 4,182,000.
 Among the nation's 11 largest states, Michigan had the fourth highest rate. California at 9.5 percent and New York and New Jersey at 9.2 percent surpassed Michigan and Massachusetts; both had 8.8-percent rates. North Carolina recorded the lowest rate at 6.5 percent. Illinois and Ohio had rates of 8.6 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively. Every state but Pennsylvania reported a rate increase in May, and only three large states were below the national average.
 Michigan's unemployment rate for the second quarter fell to 8.9 percent from the first-quarter average of 9.1 percent. The current quarter, ended in June, was also down from its year-ago level of 9.3 percent.
 The state's unadjusted estimates for June were also up. The jobless rate rose to 9.0 percent from 8.4 percent in May, reflecting an increase of 33,000 in the number of unemployed to 416,000.
 Nationally, unemployment among the civilian labor force climbed to a seasonally adjusted eight-year high of 7.8 percent in June, increasing from 7.5 percent in May.
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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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