The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget released the March figures Thursday, showing the statewide unemployment rate at 8.8 percent. That's down four-tenths of a point from February and eight-tenths of a point from a year ago.
The populous Detroit-area job market accounts for about half of the state's workforce, and its unemployment rate fell a three-tenths of a point to 9.9 percent from February to March.
The Ottawa County job market fell from 6.7 to 6.2 percent, the four-county Grand Rapids area market fell from 6.6 to 6.2 percent and the Muskegon County rate fell from 9.2 to 8.4 percent.
The lowest rate in the March report was for Ann Arbor at 5.1 percent. The highest was for the northeastern Lower Peninsula at 13.1 percent.