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Michigan jobless rate dips a bit in November

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Michigan’s unemployment rate dipped a bit last month, down two-tenths of a percent in November to 8.8%. The state said Wednesday that the change from 9% came as total employment fell as well as the number of workers seeking work dropped. For November, the jobless rate was 1.8% above the national unemployment rate of 7%.

According to the state, Michigan's labor market trends have been relatively stable since August although job growth has been strong over the past year, particularly in high-wage sectors such as manufacturing, engineering services, accounting services and information technology. The most recent Branch County jobless rate was figured at 8.5% for October. The local numbers for November won’t be issued until early next month. The survey found manufacturing added 4,000 jobs in Michigan last month while leisure and hospitality services offset that gain by shedding 3,000 jobs. Michigan's government sector also eliminated 2,000 positions in November.