State-by-state figures are not released until Friday, but today the state released August employment and unemployment figures. After decreasing in July, Michigan's unemployment rated inched back to 15.2 percent.

This was similar to the national trend, where the rate increased from 9.4 to 9.7 percent.

Michigan's payroll employment decreased by 43,000, led by a decrease in transportation equipment manufacturing of 25,000 jobs.

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Overall, Michigan has lost 18.6 percent of its total jobs since peaking in June 2000.

In contrast, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. features an article on its home page proclaiming that the "[s]tate's plan to diversify the economy is working."

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