Michigan Unemployment Rate Falls

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to 13.6 percent.

The May figure released Wednesday is down from a national high of 14 percent in April.

The state says Michigan's May jobless rate is the same as it was one year ago. Michigan's jobless rate has been edging downward since reaching 14.5 percent late last year. The national jobless rate for May was 9.7 percent.

The state says total employment in Michigan has increased for five straight months.

The report says total nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 8,000 in May. The biggest gains were in manufacturing and government. Government jobs grew primarily because of temporary workers hired to help conduct the U.S. Census.


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  • by Laura Location: North Adams Mi on Jun 29, 2010 at 08:55 PM
    I think we all would like to know why Obama does not have to take a pay cut we had to. And all others that work under him need a pay cut to. Let them all feel what we are feeling. Cant pay bills cant pay rent what are people going to do.We are all going to be on the strees.It is not far to take are money and not Obamas.
  • by Laura Location: North Adams Mi on Jun 29, 2010 at 03:34 PM
    They need to give as more Unemployment because there are no job in Michigan. I have been looking for a job for 1 year and cant find anything. People are moving out of Michigan to get work, But if you dont have the money to move what can we do.Why not give G.A. back till we can get back on are feet.
  • by Kelli Location: Lansing on Jun 21, 2010 at 10:14 PM
    The only reason the Michigan Unemployment rate has fallen is because so many people are not receiving unemployment benefits. This number is totally wrong. How do you truly count the number of people that still don't have jobs and aren't getting UI? They don't because that would look horrible for the state of Michigan.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    How many ran out of unemployment????How many are now on welfare????Both numbers must be so high.How many homes and businesses sit empty????How many are homeless????Give out all these reports and we will see what Michigan is really all about.Just saying unemployment is down is not saying anything at all.Most having jobs is not the reason it has went down.How many households now get at least food cards????The count of how many without jobs or part time work or mim waged jobs,says not much does it when all the facts aren't given.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    Did any of you stop to think that the benefits ran out and people didn't find jobs? There are no jobs available right now unless it's construction and for a single project. NO ONE SEEMS TO BE HIRING. To those of you who are "Professional" and need a big wage, get real, if what is offered is more than your unemployment take the job, stupid. Its better than nothing. You wouldn't be the first by miles who had to start all over. A job is a job is a job.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Jun 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    Wow. Let's see. Spring. Could it be that a bunch of road construction workers just went back to work? Could it also be due to all of those bogus census workers, where they were hired, let go and then re-hired over and over in order to count them as multiple hirings? The Democrats in this state killed the economy and they killed the job market. Now they lie to paint a rosier picture.
  • by lacy Location: MI on Jun 17, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    http://www.woodtv.com/dpps/your_money/job_news/new-claims-for-jobless-benefits-rise-sharply-nt10-jgr_3431288 read some facts please.
  • by peggy Location: sunfield on Jun 17, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    People who are educated, still cannot find suitable employment. The only jobs are min. wage jobs with only a few hours a week. Professional workers cannot survive on those measly wages. If employers would pay a wage that is not under the poverty level, maybe more people would have work. Unemployment extensions are vital when there are no jobs. I have been out for two years, have a B.S. and still cannot find a job. I apply nationwide for jobs, there just isn't any in my profession. Not everyone who is unemployed is "lazy" just like everyone employed is a "good employee".
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2010 at 09:07 PM
    could be a good thing, that the extended benefits are over... BACK TO REALITY FOLKS!
  • by anonomous Location: Lansing on Jun 16, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    That's because there is no more extensions of unemployment so people are getting off there lazy butts and finding jobs!
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