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Brighter jobs picture little relief for unemployed

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DETROIT (AP) - The employment picture has generally brightened in Michigan over the past year, with the January unemployment rate released this week declining to 10.7 percent.

The rate for Michigan is three full percentage points below its January 2010 level of 13.7 percent. But with half of the 508,000 people in Michigan looking for jobs out of work for six months or more, there's little relief found for the long-term unemployed.

Michigan tracks its long-term unemployed by a 27-week period, and the state says the percentage of those out of work for that time or longer has remained relatively stable over the past year.

Still, there's good news in the numbers. In January, Michigan added a net total of 39,700 jobs, the second-largest gain among states.

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