State Unemployment Matches National Rate
Michigan’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point in April to 5.4 percent matching the national rate.
The last time that happened was in September 2000, with an unemployment rate for both at 3.9 percent.
The Department of Technology, Management & Budget says the number of unemployed in the state declined by 10,000 over the month and total employment rose slightly by 3,000. As a result, the labor force was reduced by 6,000 in April.
Michigan's jobless rate last month was two and one-tenth percentage points below the state’s April 2014 rate of 7.5 percent. April marked the 20th consecutive month Michigan’s unemployment rate has fallen.