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Michigan's jobless rate dips again, total workforce rises

Michigan’s unemployment rate declined by one tenth of one percentage point last month.

Michigan’s April unemployment rate was 8.4%, down seven tenths of a percentage point from April of 2012. The state’s jobless rate has been on the decline since last September.

The biggest gains last month were found in the leisure, manufacturing and health services industries, while professional and business services posted a big decline.

And the state’s latest labor numbers are not just about people with jobs.

Michigan’s total workforce has been rising in 2013, after declining for much of 2012.

In fact, the net two thousand people added to Michigan’s workforce since last April is the first ‘year-over-year’ labor force gain in Michigan since 2006.

Michigan is still above the national jobless rate, which dipped to 7.5% in April.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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