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Michigan’s statewide unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.6 percent in June, the lowest since February 2001. However, the rate largely fell because fewer people were actively looking for jobs.

The state’s June jobless rate was three-tenths of a percentage point below the national rate of 4.9 percent, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

The rate came “primarily due to a reduction in the number of persons active in the state’s workforce,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. In June, the number of people employed in the state dropped by 25,000, while the number of unemployed declined by 5,000. This resulted in a 31,000 reduction in the state’s labor force.

The statewide workforce declined for the second consecutive month after 10 straight months of workforce increases, according to the state agency. However, Michigan’s labor force has grown by 101,000 since June 2015. At 2.1 percent, the state’s labor force growth outpaces the national labor force increase of 1.2 percent.

In a year, Michigan’s number of unemployed has decreased by 30,000 people.

“Today’s drop in the unemployment rate marks another milestone on Michigan’s comeback path,” said Gov. Rick Snyder in a statement. “At 4.6 percent, our unemployment rate has now fallen by more than 10 percent since its peak in 2009. We continue to move in the right direction, but we recognize there is more to do to ensure Michigan’s comeback lasts.”

In May, Michigan’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from April.

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