Michigan Unemployment Drops

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan's unemployment rate dropped to 12.8 percent in October, the first time since March 2009 the rate has been below 13 percent, state officials said Wednesday.

Michigan's current jobless rate is significantly below the October 2009 rate of 14.4 percent. In the past year, the state has seen unemployment fall by 11.6 percent, compared with a national decline of 4.9 percent, according to Rick Waxwork of the state's Bureau of Labor Market Information. The national rate currently is 9.6 percent.

Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granola, who leaves office at the end of December, said the fact that Michigan's jobless rate is falling faster than the nation's is good news.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Greg Main told reporters Wednesday that businesses are continuing to ask for tax breaks for new projects.

"It's starting to feel like a recovery, all these expansions going on," he said.

Over the past year, Michigan has added 9,000 manufacturing jobs, 7,000 in professional and business services and 6,000 in education and health services. It also has lost 20,000 government jobs, 10,000 in leisure and hospitality services, and 6,000 each in financial activities and in construction.

The biggest job increases in October came in education and health services, which added 9,000 jobs; professional and business services, which added 5,000; and trade, transportation and utilities, which added 4,000.

The state also gained 3,000 manufacturing jobs in October, including 2,000 tied mainly to the auto industry.

The state saw its labor force drop by 7,000 workers in October and hasn't really had a net gain in jobs since August. But there could be signs of improvement when the University of Michigan releases its state economic forecast on Friday.

Based on past forecasts, economists are expected to project an employment increase in 2011

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 at 04:19 AM
    How many have went from unemployment to welfare?How many have lost homes due to job loss?How many more are now homeless due to all this no jobs?Yes some in some areas are getting temp jobs for a short time,very few are hired?How many now live with family,that lost everything?We are nothing but a number.Counted or not?It sure don't tell the hell people are going through,even children feel the pain.Mich needs so many jobs,and better reporting needs done to get the personal side told.Jobs should of never been allowed to go to other countries.Until that becomes a crime,no job is safe.Till many prices of many things come down,failure is bound to happen.Greed destroys and all going on now is the end result of greed.God be with all.Some one new to run Michigan may not get the answer we want.Greed is in charge right now.So how will that work?How many in Mich are not working?What is that percent?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    i work in the construction industry, and we have customers who haven't worked since 09 comming in and buying product. To me that is a sign of recovery. If these companies are working they are starting to hire back laid off workers, which means jobs. maybe not for everyone but you have to start somewhere.
  • by OH COME ON! on Nov 18, 2010 at 10:35 PM
    Wilx REALLY needs to take off their rose colored glasses, get out from behind their desk's and start doing some true investigative reporting. How about starting by visiting some of the hardest counties...lets see what the residents still struggling to put a meal on the table think of this "road to recovery" you report is under way..A good place to start would be Hillsdale county. The lame reporting lately from this TV station is enough to make me switch back to the Toledo Stations...
  • by FactCheck Location: MI-7 on Nov 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    I, too, would welcome an honest, independent investigative report on unemployment and employment here in Michigan. I haven't seen much, if any, change in the number of advertisements for employment here in Hillsdale and Jackson counties for the past year. Where is this alledged improvement occurring?
  • by dan on Nov 18, 2010 at 08:22 AM
    How hard is it for Wilx to run an investigative and truthful story on this subject? Can't afford to do it? Govt won't let them, and order them to spin and sugar coat the story so the sheep don't get nervous?
  • by Barry Location: jackson on Nov 18, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    hopefully all the republicans that the majority elected don't start cutting unemployment benefits.I want to work but i do not have much hope with this change of govt.Maybe i will be surprised and the fat elephants will actually do something for the common worker.It is bad now,hopefully it won't get worse!
  • by Cap'n Rita Location: Lansing on Nov 17, 2010 at 08:51 PM
    I'm sure these numbers don't take into account how many people have left the state. After graduating from MSU, my daughter couldn't get a job and moved out to the state of Washington. She's now making more than I do.
  • by just me on Nov 17, 2010 at 07:36 PM
    no we're just out of unemployment not working only jobless, homeless & hungry. but aunt jenny will start getting benfits in jan 2011
  • by Julie Location: Jackson on Nov 17, 2010 at 05:35 PM
    what this article fails to say is how many people moved out of Michigan when their benefits ran out and still couldnt get work..seems like they sugar coat these numbers when in all reality we are still in bad shape here.
  • by mark Location: lansing on Nov 17, 2010 at 04:22 PM
    It seems as though this may be a smoke n mirrors effect. Our unemployment rate has dropped due to the fact that peoples unemployment benefeits have not been extended. Nice try sounds good though! However, it does seem as though more jobs are slowly becoming available. Lets hope Michigan can get back on track.
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