LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s seasonally adjusted
unemployment rate increased in September by one-tenth of a
percentage point to 6.8 percent, according to data released
yesterday by the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic
The jobless rate for the month was 1.4 percentage points above
the national rate of 5.4 percent but eight-tenths of a percentage
point below the state’s September 2003 rate of 7.6
During July, August and September of this year, the statewide
rate remained within the narrow range of 6.7 to 6.8 percent.
Michigan’s average jobless rate through the first nine months
of 2004 was 6.6 percent.
Both total employment and unemployment increased slightly during
September, up 3,000 and 5,000 respectively.
“Although there was little change in Michigan’s
labor-market status in September, some noteworthy shifts occurred
within the various employment sectors,” said Bruce Weaver,
acting director of the department’s Bureau of Labor Market
Information and Strategic Initiatives. “Most industries
recorded small job reductions, while the reopening of
Michigan’s schools accounted for an uptick in government