Michigan's unemployment rate dropped in March for the third month in a row to six and a half percent, the lowest since October 2005.
It remains significantly higher than the national rate, which declined to four-point-four percent in March. But it's down from February's figure of six-point-six percent and from the March 2006 rate of six-point-eight percent.
Rick Waclawek is with the state Department of Labor and Economic Growth. He says the rate is dropping because the state's labor force has declined by ten-thousand people in the past year. March's total employment count of four million, 750-thousand was 15-thousand above the 2006 average.
Jobs were added in manufacturing, government, education and health services.