Michigan's jobless rate continues downward slide

By: Assocaited Press Email
By: Assocaited Press Email

The state says Michigan's jobless rate has hit its lowest level since summer 2008 amid employment gains and stable workforce levels.

Statistics released Wednesday show the state had a seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 8.3 percent in April. That's down from 8.5 percent in March and represents the lowest jobless rate for the state since July 2008.

The state's unemployment rate in April was slightly above the national rate of 8.1 percent.

Michigan's workforce rose for the fourth consecutive month and the total employment level has advanced by 91,000 or 2.2 percent since April of last year.

Professional and business services led April's job additions, followed by financial activities, education and health services. Minor declines have been reported in construction and manufacturing.

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