Michigan Unemployment Rises

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Michigan's unemployment rate edged up to seven percent in July, the state said Wednesday.

The seasonally adjusted rate is up from 6.8 percent in June, which was second highest in the nation behind Mississippi.

The national jobless rate for July was five percent.

Michigan had about 10,000 fewer manufacturing jobs in July than in June, according to a monthly survey of employers monitoring non-farm payroll employment. Temporary layoffs in the auto industry for model changeover was one of the major factors in the higher unemployment rate, according to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

"This year, these layoffs were slightly larger than normal," Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, said in a statement.

The number of employed in Michigan increased by an estimated 4,000 people in July compared to the previous month. But the number of jobless people increased by 11,000.

The monthly survey of employers estimated non-farm payroll jobs at about 4.3 million, down about 17,000 from June.

The number of government and trade jobs both declined. The most substantial job growth came with an 8,000-job increase in professional and business services.