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Jobless rates drop in 14 of 17 major Michigan labor markets

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have dropped slightly in most of the state's 17 major labor markets. 

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget announced Tuesday the median decline in 14 regions was 0.2 percentage points from October to November. Those regions report unemployment rates at or below the nationally seasonally unadjusted rate of 4.8 percent.

In November, 14 regions displayed unemployment rates at or below the national seasonally unadjusted rate of 4.8 percent.

Officials say the drops correspond with moderate increases in total employment and labor force levels in a majority of regions in November. They add the results reflect typical seasonal patterns.

The jobless rate in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metropolitan area fell by 1.1 percentage points during the month. Rates increased in the state's three northernmost labor markets.

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