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      Upper Michigan reports highest and lowest jobless numbers in the state

      The jobless rate in Upper Michigan fell slightly in August as students and seasonal workers stopped seeking employment, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

      According to the report, the largest jobless reduction occurred in Baraga, Schoolcraft, Chippewa, and Houghton counties. Baraga County had a 2.2 percent drop in jobless claims, but the county still has the highest jobless rate in Michigan at 15.3 percent.

      Mackinac County reported the lowest jobless rate in Michigan, with a jobless rate of 4.3 percent.

      The report cites a seasonal decline in the number of people looking for employment for the lower numbers in August. Overall, the jobless rate in Upper Michigan is slightly up over last year by .2 percent.