Gov. Granholm going to Israel and Kuwait to lure jobs

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's governor plans to recruit high tech, homeland security and other businesses on her upcoming trip to Israel and Kuwait.

The meetings between Jennifer Granholm and Middle East business leaders from Wednesday through May 8 are designed to lure more jobs to Michigan.

Michigan is trying to diversify its economy. The state has been hard hit by automotive and other manufacturing layoffs.

Michigan's unemployment rate of 7.2 percent in March was highest in the nation.

Alternative energy and environmental technologies also will be explored on the Middle East trip.

Granholm said Friday she also will meet with government officials during the trip.

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