Surge in jobseekers edges up unemployment rate
Michigan’s unemployment rate has edged up slightly as more people join the workforce to compete for jobs. The monthly jobless rate rose by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.6%. Total employment in Michigan grew by 11,000 people last month. But a lot of people also joined or re-joined the workforce in hopes of finding a job.
Ari Adler is the spokesman for Governor Rick Snyder said that’s good news.
“There’s close to 100,000 jobs available, so what we’re trying to figure out is how do we connect with those jobs – making sure that they know that they’re available, but also making that they have the skills they need to take some of these jobs that are in demand,” Adler said.
The 4.6 rate is half a percentage point below where it was at this time last year. It’s also below the national average of five percent.