Economy
9:44 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Michigan joblessness up

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan authorities say the state's unemployment rate rose 0.7 percentage points in the latest month, calling it a reflection of normal seasonal changes in the job market.

The state Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Thursday that the state's seasonally unadjusted joblessness rate reached 8.6 percent in July, up from 7.9 percent in June. It was 9.9 percent in July 2013.

The department says July's unemployment rates ranged from a low of 6.3 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 9.8 percent in populous metropolitan Detroit.

The Detroit-area rate is up from 9.2 percent in June but down from 10.6 percent in July 2013.