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Unemployment Rate Edges Up

Sep 15, 2017

The seasonally adjusted August unemployment increased slightly to 3.9%, an increase of two-tenths of a percentage point from the prior month.  Total employment for the month declined by 17,000 and the number of unemployed increased by 10,000.  Despite the month-to-month increase, last month’s rate is 1% lower than the August 2016 rate.  The national unemployment rate in August 2017 was 4.4%.

In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn market, the seasonally adjusted August 2017 unemployment rate decreased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.2%.  August was the second month the rate in this market was below the state’s average rate.  In further good news for the region, the August 2017 rate was 2.1% lower than the August 2016 rate.

To view the full monthly report by the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, please click here.

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