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Michigan Unemployment Rate for December Hovers at 8.9 Percent

Jan 16, 2013

John Gallagher

Michigan's unemployment rate for December remained unchanged at 8.9%.

The Michigan jobless rate in December 2012 was four-tenths of a percentage point below the state's December 2011 rate of 9.3 percent.

The U.S. jobless rate was also unchanged over the month.

"Most of Michigan's 2012 job gains occurred during the first half of the year," said Rick Waclawek, director of the state's Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. "Taken as a whole, the state's labor market improved during 2012. The number of unemployed fell in 2012, and Michigan recorded job gains for a second consecutive year."

Source: (c)2013 the Detroit Free Press. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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