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January 17, 2013

State's total employment declined by 11,000 in Dec.

LANSING — Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December was unchanged over the month at 8.9 percent, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

Total employment declined by 11,000 in December; however, the number of unemployed was little changed, edging upward by 1,000, based on information released Wednesday. The net impact was a 10,000 reduction in the state's labor force over the month.

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 national jobless rate decreased by seven-tenths of a percentage point over this period.

The state's unemployment rate in December was more than a full percentage point above the national rate of 7.8 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 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."

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