The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget released the latest jobless figures Wednesday.
The nation's August unemployment rate was 8.1 percent, down from 8.3 percent in July.
Michigan's jobless rate has fallen 1 percentage point over 12 months from an August 2011 level of 10.4 percent. But it has risen for four straight months from April's 8.3 percent.
The state agency said total employment in Michigan dropped by 18,000 in August, and the number of unemployed rose by 16,000. The overall civilian labor force was little changed at 4.7 million.