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      Rising water jobs in Michigan

      A new report says Michigan is among the top states in the share of its workforce associated closely with water. The report is being released Thursday during the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual conference at Mackinac Island. It says Michigan has 718,704 jobs in industries that benefit directly from water research and innovation, about 21.3 percent of its workforce. The percentage is fourth-highest nationwide. The industries include "core" sectors such as wastewater treatment and filtration, as well as industries that use or discharge high volumes of water such as farming and electricity generation. The report provided to The Associated Press ahead of its release by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group says the growth of such industries can help Michigan develop a water-based "blue economy" in the post-Rust Belt era.