David Stroner considers himself the poster child for unemployment in Michigan.
He was a veteran at a company that makes metal parts for other factories, then out of nowhere-- it was over.
"Our business had a severe downturn," Stroner explains.
Leaving him out of work for six pretty scary months.
"As the third, fourth, and fifth month came around....yeah we were worried," he says.
Until just a few weeks ago, when he saw Metalist International in Lansing was actually hiring. A turn around for the company...
"Customers are demanding performance and getting their machines back up and running-- making product," Stroner explains.
That has experienced lows just like everyone else in the manufacturing sector-- until recently.
That coupled with the latest decrease in the unemployment percentage across the country could mean the beginning of the end of a very dark period for mid-Michigan says Economist Charles Ballard.
"Every time we see signs that the national recession is easing-- that will be ultimately good for Michigan," Ballard tells us.
But just because the unemployment numbers are down instead of up for once, doesn't mean we're out of the woods, Ballard says true recovery takes time.
"The job market will stabilize, maybe not immediately, but sometime in the foreseeable future," Ballard explains.
Something that no economist would've said a few months ago, and while it may be hard to keep a possible turn around in mind when several of us are still suffering, Ballard says better days are ahead.
"People will start buying cars, and generally a whole bunch of economic activity will pick up," Ballard explains.