Michigan jobless rate down to 7.8 percent

Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped a half-point to 7.8 percent in the latest month reported as the number of job seekers not working fell despite an increase in the labor force, the state reported Wednesday.
AP Wire
Mar 6, 2014

The state Department of Technology, Management & Budget said the jobless rate, which is from January, is the lowest since May 2008.

"Newly revised data indicate that unemployment in Michigan declined steadily in late 2013, and that continued in January 2014," said state labor markets official Jason Palmer. "Additionally, in 2013 the Michigan jobless rate dropped for the fourth consecutive year and payroll jobs rose for the third straight year."

The latest rate is down from 8.3 percent in December and 8.9 percent in January 2013. Michigan joblessness still remained well above the national rate, which fell 0.1 percentage points to 6.6 percent in January.

Michigan unemployment averaged 8.8 percent in 2013, down from 9.1 percent in 2012, the department said.

"Today's announcement is further evidence that we are the comeback state," said Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who is seeking a second four-year term in November. "Gone are the days when Michigan was known for joblessness, low incomes and population loss. In fact, our economic recovery has gone farther and faster than most every other state."

A spokesman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, a former U.S. representative, questioned how much credit the governor should take.

"It's great to see positive movement in Michigan's unemployment, which is a direct result of the auto rescue that Mark Schauer supported in Congress," Zack Pohl told The Associated Press. "But let's be clear, Michigan still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, and the state is 49th in projected job growth under this governor. ... It's clear this governor's policies aren't working for the middle class."

The department said Michigan's civilian labor force rose 11,000 in January to 4.70 million. It said the number of unemployed people that same month stood at 367,000, down 20,000 from December and down 50,000 from January 2013.

In all, 4.33 million people were working in Michigan in January, up from 4.30 million in December and 4.28 million in January 2013.

"We have come a long way in three years, but the reinvention of Michigan is not complete," Snyder said. "What we have accomplished are building blocks for future success and we aren't going to stop. The comeback continues."

January jobs report: http://1.usa.gov/P1gF5m

Comments

Hoofhearted

It should be down. More people are working 2-3 minumum wage jobs just to get by these days.

springlake2

And this "decrease" would have nothing to do with the fact that thousands of Michigan residents came off unemployment when Washington allowed their program to expire at the end of December? I believe that this fully explains "decrease in unemployment". Ridiculous that Snyder believes that he can sell to the residents of this state that this is due to an increase in jobs. It speaks volumes about his perception of the public's lack of knowledge and insight.

zwesterhouse

Jobless rate is down - the question is what kind of jobs to we have?
The jobs now in the Tool & Die, CNC machinist, skilled trades industries are the pits.
They are detrimental to a person health, family relationships, social structure and retirement plans. They pay is less overall and mandatory overtime is up. A 50 hour work week? 10 hours overtime doesn't sound like much, but its a life destroyer. Getting out at 2:30 lets a person be home for their kids after school, lets ya go to the any sports activity a person can enjoy. But just 2 little hours a day extra destroys it all. Its fatigues a person, they don't get home till usually 5pm or later. 2500 hours a work year is an extra 68 days of time cut into your happiness. 2000 hours per year at 40 hours is supposed to be standard. So a 50 hour work week makes it 2500. So your measly 2 week vacation just become null and void of any restful benefit. $15/hour overtime per quarter only pays out $1875! Is it worth it all for such paltry sums? 2nd shift? your life is totally destroyed, so we won't go there. Is $1800 bucks worth losing your family time, social time, hobby times, community involvement time. Workers lose 68 days! of family time or whatever time off. So my advice to a young person reading this. Do not go into Tool & Die, stamping plant or CNC machinist work. Its not worth it. You'll go crazy - and then people will blame you and call you a factory rat.

HueJastle

I hear ya. I guess that's why they call it the grind. It grinds you down

thecatsmom

These numbers are not accurate. Many people are off the rolls due to oart time jobs.

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