Michigan Unemployment Still High, But Steady

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The state's unemployment rate stayed at 6.9 percent in November, officials said Wednesday.

The latest seasonally adjusted rate was the same at October's rate and remained among the country's highest. The national jobless rate was 4.5 percent last month.

Rick Waclawek, director of the state's Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, said Michigan's labor market has been steady lately. The number of payroll jobs totals and the unemployment rate have changed little since the summer despite weakness in the manufacturing and retail sectors, he said.

The loss of 56,000 jobs in manufacturing and retail trade combined during this period offset notable gains such as 16,000 jobs in the professional and business services industry and 9,000 jobs in the education and health services sector.

Michigan's November rate was four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the November 2005 rate of 6.5 percent.

The rate has remained close to 7 percent since July.

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