LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's labor department says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen four-tenths of a percentage point to 12.4 percent in the latest month.
The Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth said Wednesday that November's state jobless rate fell even as the national rate rose. The U.S. rate rose 0.2 points to 9.8 percent in November.
Michigan's November rate is two percentage points below the 14.4 percent level of November 2009. The state has seen three straight months of declining joblessness.
Total employment has been fairly flat since August. There were 4.8 million people in Michigan's civilian work force in November, with 4.2 million employed and 597,000 out of work but seeking jobs.