State, Ottawa County jobless rates fall in August

The state said Thursday seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have decreased in all of Michigan's 17 major labor markets. The Ottawa County jobless rate fell from 9.1 percent in July to 8.5 percent last month, while the Muskegon County rate dropped from 11.2 to 10.7. The figures for August were released Thursday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, and they reflect seasonal reductions in the work force. Fewer unemployed workers actively sought employment in August than in July. Summer hiring receded from a July peak.
AP Wire
Sep 23, 2011


Statewide, the unadjusted jobless rate in August was 11 percent, compared with 11.9 percent in July.  

Rates ranged from a low of 7.2 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 12.9 percent in the Detroit region. Seasonally unadjusted payroll jobs in Michigan increased by 0.3 percent in August.

Jobs were added in manufacturing, construction and professional and business services. The state lost government jobs.



Do these numbers reflect people actually finding a job, or just not collecting unemployment anymore because they ran out. It has been stated more than once that these number are not correct for that very reason. And how many of these jobs created are actually paying a livable wage? Not many. I am sorry but minimum wage (or even $10/hour) is not a livable wage for even a single person these days. I like the last sentence about the state losing workers. Well the state is and always have been "fat" on workers, they could stand to lose some jobs.


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