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It marks the seventh month in a row the rate has declined, and its lowest point since April of 2008.
The jobless rate is a little more than one percent below where it was a year ago, and outpaced the improvement in the national rate over the same period.
Over the past 12 months, employment grew in the manufacturing, high-tech, and hotel-and-restaurant sectors.
There were job losses in the government and financial sectors.
The overall drop in statistical unemployment in Michigan has been slowed somewhat by people re-joining the workforce to compete for jobs.
Also, when people who have stopped looking for work, as well as part-time workers who’d like to be full-time, are added the mix, Michigan’s rate of unemployment and under-employment is 15-point-two percent.
Over one million Americans lost their benefits on December 28, including 43,000 in Michigan.
Michigan is adding jobs, but the state’s unemployment rate remains stuck at 9 percent as more people compete for available positions. That’s according to the latest jobless numbers from the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.