The Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Wednesday that the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate last month of 8.4 percent was a tenth of a percentage point lower than March. It was seven-tenths of a percentage point below the level of 9.1 percent in April 2012.
Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.5 percent last month.
The state agency said the number of Michigan residents unemployed and seeking work fell 5,000 during the month. It said the number of people working rose 19,000.
Job gains were made in manufacturing and leisure and hospitality services, while construction jobs declined.