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State's new online job search system crashes

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A new version of Michigan's job search Website launched this week crashed almost immediately.

The site mitalent.org was designed to match people looking for jobs with job providers. It's meant to be the new and improved version of the state's old site, known as the Michigan Talent Bank.

Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget spokesman Kurt Weiss says a lot of people tried to log on to the new site on Monday.

"We had a load problem. In other words, the number of users on the system basically crashed it, and so that's  what took the  site down this week," Weiss says.

Weiss says experts are working on the problem and hope to have the system back online by Tuesday, Oct. 6.

He says some 70,000  people used the state's job search system last year.

Michigan's unemployment rate ticked up from 9.2 to 9.4 percent from July to August.