Mich. jobless rate flat at 4.8% with 17,000 added jobs

Brian J. O'Connor
Detroit News Finance Editor

Michigan’s statewide average unemployment rate remained unchanged from March to April, standing pat at 4.8 percent. While 18,000 men and women joined the state’s workforce, 17,000 of them found jobs, with just 1,000 joining the jobless rolls, according to data released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

That leaves the April jobless rate nearly a full point below the April 2015 level of 5.6 percent. During those 12 months, a total of 170,000 workers found jobs and 138,000 men and women joined the labor force, which pushed total unemployment down by 33,000 workers. A total of 233,000 men and women remain officially unemployed, in the labor force and looking for work.

A separate survey of employers found total nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 6,000 during April. The biggest gains came in manufacturing (7,000 jobs), professional and business services (5,000 jobs) and education and health services (4,000 jobs). Those increases were offset by a loss of 3,000 jobs in each of the government, construction and leisure and hospitality sectors, and 2,000 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.

“Michigan’s labor market in early 2016 has continued to strengthen,” Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, said in a statement. “Payroll jobs have recorded solid gains every month, while individuals continue to enter the workforce on a monthly basis.”


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