State jobless rate rises again

Aug 17, 2011

More than a half-million people in Michigan are out of work.

About 33,000 fewer Michiganders had jobs in July compared to the month before.

"The state jobless rate has now edged up for three consecutive months," says Bruce Weaver of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. "It rose by four-tenths of a percentage point in July to 10.9 percent."

It’s still better than a year ago, when the unemployment rate was 12.4 percent.

Weaver says a survey of employers shows there was some hiring in July. About 5,000 manufacturing jobs were added, while education and health services saw an increase of about 3,000 jobs.