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Published: Friday, 1/30/2009

3 nearby MichIgan counties top state unemployment

Unemployment shot into double digits last month in Monroe, Lenawee, and Hillsdale counties, Michigan s Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth said yesterday.

Each topped the Michigan rate of 10.4 percent, which was the highest rate in the nation in December. Monroe rose to 11.3 percent from 9.6 percent in November; Lenawee to 12.2 percent from 10.3 percent the prior month; Hillsdale to 12.8 percent from 11.5 percent.

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