Michigan’s regional jobless rates drop in April

The state said seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in all regions of Michigan dropped in April as seasonal hiring picked up. The figures released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget show jobless rates down in all 17 major regional labor markets compared to March. Total employment levels increased moderately in most regions, and labor force levels declined in all areas. Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate in April was 10.1 percent, down from 11 percent in March.
AP Wire
May 28, 2011

Rates ranged from a low of 6.2 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 13.2 in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. The northeast and northwest Lower Michigan regions saw the largest decreases.

The Holland-Grand Haven market dropped to 8.1 percent, compared with 9.3 percent in March. The Muskegon market fell from 11.2 percent to 10.1 percent last month.

Statewide, job gains were reported in leisure and hospitality services, construction and professional and business services.

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