Michigan jobless rate edges up to 4.6 percent in September - WNEM TV 5

Michigan jobless rate edges up to 4.6 percent in September

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

Michigan's unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.6 percent in September when more people entered the job market.

Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives Director Jason Palmer attributed the increase Wednesday to more people seeking jobs.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget reported total employment rose by 11,000 over the month while the number of people unemployed increased by 4,000. It says the total employment gain for the month followed several monthly employment declines in the state during the middle of the year.

The higher jobless rate was the first monthly increase for the state this year. The September rate was half a percentage point lower than the same month in 2015 and four-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 5.0 percent.

Gov. Rick Snyder released this statement:

“More Michiganders are joining the labor force again to look for jobs, demonstrating the strength of our state’s remarkable comeback. Residents are now more confident they can find something as they begin looking for new careers. The 463,000 private-sector jobs created in Michigan prove that our efforts to reinvent the state are paying off, but there is more to do.

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