. 4.9 pct in August, up from 4.8 pct in July but still at around the lowest levels in a generation, The Australian Bureau of Statistics said. Unemployment . five-year low of 15.6 percent in August, down from 15.7 percent a month earlier, the Labor Ministry said Thursday. Unemployment Aug unemployment 4.9 pct vs consensus 4.8 pct - UPDATE. and Montcalm County areas losing jobs, Ionia County's unemployment rate is suffering too. The local jobless rate is at its highest in years and jumped more than three percent from 2005 to July 2006. Unemployment