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      Jobless rates rise slightly

      June's unemployment numbers have been released, showing little change in the Upper Peninsula.

      The U.P. unemployment rate edged up just 0.1 percent to 9.6 percent, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.

      Keweenaw County had the biggest drop in unemployment, reporting a 1.8 percent drop over May. Other counties that reduced unemployment numbers include Ontonagon, Iron, Gogebic, Menominee, Mackinac and Alger.

      The other eight counties reported gains in unemployment claims, with Chippewa and Schoolcraft getting the largest increases. Jobless rates overall increased in 2013 over 2012 by 0.3 percent.