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Michigan jobless rate up 0.3 points to 11.2 pct.

By AP

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's unemployment rate has risen 0.3 percentage points to 11.2 percent in the latest monthly figures.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget on Wednesday released the seasonally adjusted unemployment figures for August. The state's unemployment rate continues to exceed the nationwide rate, which was 9.1 percent in August.

The department says the jobless rate remains below the August 2010 rate of 12.2 percent.

Michigan's unemployment rate has been rising in recent months but remains below its recessionary peak of 14.1 percent in fall 2009. It stood at 10.2 percent in April.

The rise in joblessness comes even as the number of people in the state's work force falls. There were 4.69 million civilians working or actively seeking work last month, compared with 4.78 million one year earlier.

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