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Michigan joblessness rate falls in April

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:40 PM

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget released the April figures Thursday, showing the statewide unemployment rate at 8.2 percent. The rate was 8.8 percent in March and 8.5 percent in April 2012.

The populous Detroit-area job market accounts for about half of the state's workforce, and its unemployment rate fell a full percentage point to 8.9 percent from March to April.

The lowest rate in the April report was for Ann Arbor at 5.1 percent, unchanged from March. The highest was for the northeastern Lower Peninsula at 11.8 percent, down from 13.1 percent in March.

The jobless rates in both Ottawa County and the Grand Rapids metropolitan area fell from 6.2 percent in March to 5.9 percent last month. The Muskegon County rate also dropped three-tenths of a percent, from 8.4 in March to 8.1 in April.

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