State unemployment rate down, misspellings up

The Detroit News

At least one website may have been a little too eager Wednesday to tout the state’s lowest jobless rate since 2001.

The Michigan Republican Party’s website posted a banner headline with a photo of Detroit’s Renaissance Center proclaiming: “Unenployment in Michigan has dropped to 5.1% percent.”

The Michigan Republican Party’s website posted a banner headline with a photo of Detroit’s Renaissance Center proclaiming: “Unenployment in Michigan has dropped to 5.1% percent.”

Oops! Michigan may be successfully returning workers to the payroll but some are facing a spelling challenge: it’s “unemployment.”

The statement and headline from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel beneath the misspelled headline did not repeat the spelling error.

“Today’s news continues to cement Michigan’s status as a national leader. We are truly the Comeback State. Under Republican leadership, Michigan has turned into a model of success for other states,” the statement read in part.

Michigan jobless rate falls to lowest level since 2001

After Detroit News staffers alerted party officials to the misprint, the word was fixed on the website by 8 p.m.

In emails to the News on Wednesday night, communications director Sarah Anderson explained the misspelling: “It was a typo.”

She also pointed out an error in a recent News article, adding: “Mistakes happen.”