- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan’s unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in November, marking the first month this year the state’s jobless rate was above the national rate.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Wednesday the rate was up from 4.7 percent in October and above the national November rate of 4.6 percent.

Michigan seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased for the third time in three months in November, but was below November 2015’s rate of 5.1 percent.

Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives Director Jason Palmer says the unemployment increase is due to a “sizeable entry” of people into the workforce. He says most have found jobs.

From November 2015 to this November, total employment rose in Michigan by 2.5 percent while the state’s workforce grew by 2.3 percent.

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