David Littmann, the Mackinac Center's senior economist, is sticking by his prediction that Michigan's unemployment rate will hit 17 to 20 percent, according to Reporting Michigan.

Littmann originally said in May that the state jobless rate would go that high by the end of the calendar year. Michigan's unemployment now stands at just over 15 percent, with final figures yet to be reported. Reporting Michigan said that Gov. Jennifer Granholm claimed the state's unemployment rate would go no higher than just over 13 percent in 2009, based on predictions by University of Michigan economists.

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