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Michigan unemployment rate increases during October as payroll jobs fall


LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly during October, according to data released today (Thursday) by the Department of Technology, Management & Budget. The rate went from 3.9 percent to 4.1 precent.

Employment in the state rose by 9,000, and unemployment increased by 15,000 over the month. Michigan’s labor force rose by 23,000 between September and October.

The national unemployment rate edged up by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent over the month.

Hans Ahlström is the host of several programs including the daily musical variety show Weekday, the mostly straight ahead jazz show Night Studio, the self explanatory Blues Today, and the eclectic Sound Spectrum. You can also hear Hans as the local host of NPR's All Things Considered news magazine. He also helps manage Public Radio 90's web content, interviews local and visiting writers and artists, works with NMU student interns, and writes the occasional news story.