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Change of Seasons Impacts Jobless Rate, State Says

 
Posted Thursday, May 22nd 2014 @ 3pm  by The Associated Press

Michigan's seasonally unadjusted unemployment has dropped 0.7 percentage points in the latest month to 7.3 percent.

 

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget released regional joblessness figures for April today. The latest reported statewide unemployment rate is down from 8 percent in March and 8.3 percent in April 2013.

 

The department says April's unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.8 percent in the Ann Arbor region to a high of 11.2 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. It says the rate was 9 percent in the populous Detroit area, a 0.5-point increase. The state says it's typical for employment to rise in April after a winter slowdown.

 

Regional reports for the WOOD Radio listening area include the Holland-Grand Haven statistical area, 5 percent unemployment, compared with 6 percent in March. Grand Rapids-Wyoming's rate is 5.1 percent, compared with 6 percent in March and Muskegon-Norton Shores was 6.9 percent without a job, compared with 7.9 percent.

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