Big April drop in Michigan regional jobless rates

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Michigan reports that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate dropped a full percentage point statewide and fell in all major labor markets.

The April figures released Thursday show joblessness statewide
at 8 percent, compared with 9 percent in March and 10.1 percent in
April 2011.

State labor analysts say April's drop was typical with seasonal
hiring throughout most of the state. The reductions were highest in
the northernmost labor markets as hiring began for the summer
tourism season.

Seasonally adjusted joblessness has been falling for months in
Michigan. Eight of the state's metropolitan regions report unemployment rates at or below the national seasonally adjusted
rate of 7.7 percent.

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