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Most Mich. regional jobless rates increase in May

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The state says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in most regions of Michigan in May as seasonal workers sought jobs.

The figures released Thursday by the Department of Technology, Management & Budget show jobless rates increased in 14 of the state's 17 major regional labor markets compared with April.

Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate in May was 8.5 percent, up from 8.3 percent in April.

Rates ranged from a low of 5.5 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 10.2 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.

Statewide, job gains were reported in leisure and hospitality services; trade, transportation and utilities; and construction.