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Economy

Surge of jobseekers keeps state's jobless rate steady

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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate remains unchanged at 4.8%. There was an increase in hiring, but that was accompanied by roughly the same number of people joining the workforce.

Governor Rick Snyder says the steady jobless rate is good news because it shows more people are optimistic about finding work.

“It means people are staying here, people are coming back into the workforce. So when you look at an unemployment number staying steady, if the reason it stayed steady is because you’re increasing your workforce and those people are finding work, that’s a good answer.”  

Manufacturing, business services, and hospitality and tourism showed the biggest job gains. Employment in the mining industry continues to suffer. 

Michigan’s jobless rate at this time last year was 5.4%.

Manufacturing, business services, and hospitality and tourism showed the biggest job gains. Employment in the mining industry continues to suffer.