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Posted on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 4:28 p.m.

Michigan unemployment up slightly in June, still higher than national average

By Ben Freed

Michigan’s unemployment rate rose 0.1 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted 8.6 percent according to the monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s rate is slightly higher than the national average which remained at 8.2 percent.

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A job fair in Detroit. Michigan added almost 20,000 manufacturing jobs in the last year.

Michigan’s unemployment has been trending downward since its seasonally adjusted peak of 14.2 percent in August 2009. Since June 2011, the state’s economy has added 51,500 jobs, which helped push the unemployment rate down by 2.0 percent, the third largest drop during that time period in the country.

The job force, which is the number of people either employed or actively looking for work, also has grown slightly in the past year, indicating that the better unemployment numbers are not primarily being driven by people leaving the workforce altogether.

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Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 5:27 p.m.

Wait...I thought Rick Snyder was creating jobs in Michigan? You mean he's not??


Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 7:40 p.m.

Bob: You must not have the posts just above your posting. Jobs rose in Snyder's first year. Jobs are up in Snyder's 2nd year. Jobs fell for 8 consecutive years under Granholm. C1


Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 3:44 a.m.

After 8 consecutive years of falling payroll employment under Granholm, Michigan jobs rose in 2011 and 2012 under Snyder. Just the facts. Mi's Payroll Employment 2002 4487 2003 4416 2004 4399 2005 4390 2006 4327 2007 4268 2008 4162 2009 3872 2010 3861 (Jobs down under Granholm) 2011 3936 (jobs up under Snyder) 2012(est) 3996 (jobs up under Snyder) Source: BLS; thousands C1


Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 3:34 a.m.

Michigan's 8.6% jobless rate is considered statistically similar to the national unemployment rate of 8.2%. In addition, Michigan has experienced 18 consecutive months of year-over-year job increases under Snyder. The statistically significant rise in payroll jobs in JUly 2012 versus one year ago appears quite noteworthy as does the 2 percentage point plunge in joblessness.. (see Table A, B and D) C1


Sun, Jul 22, 2012 : 2:33 a.m.

i'll bet Actual unemployment is 13.5-14%. that figure includes all of those who 4 whatever the reason r no longer on the UIA records.

Superior Twp voter

Sat, Jul 21, 2012 : 4:16 p.m.

The new normal. Welcome to Obamaville.

Jack Campbell

Sat, Jul 21, 2012 : 5:43 p.m.

yeah because the economy was great before Obama came in! All that trickle down tax cut bs, and two wasteful wars that accomplished nothing. I love conservatives selective memory.


Sat, Jul 21, 2012 : 2:34 a.m.

I miss the good old days of 11% with Granholm at the helm..............maybe we should elect another democrat, get housing prices even lower, and then invest in real estate.


Sat, Jul 21, 2012 : 2:01 a.m.

The truth is that the economy goes in waves--- Obama and Snyder both got in a the bottom of one of those waves and things have improved since they have taken office. They both have been LUCKY. What the number don't tell us is that the jobs created are mostly low wage jobs.


Sat, Jul 21, 2012 : 1:01 a.m.

Thanks Obama, another great job.


Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 11:19 p.m.

How's Snyder's new economy working out for ya'? I just thought I'd beat the right-wingers in making inane commentary. The truth of the matter is that it took a long time to dig this hole, and it's going to take a long time to dig out, and that's at the state and national level. In reality, neither President Obama, nor Governor Snyder are extremists. It's time to put silly bipartisanship aside and move our state and nation forward.


Sat, Jul 21, 2012 : 2:34 a.m.

Pretty good, thanks for asking.............


Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 10:32 p.m.

Welcome to Obamaland!


Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 9:58 p.m.

I'm sorry I was wrong it was higher than 11% I think liberals refer this as an inconvenient truth


Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 10:36 p.m.

So Jack I guess your'e telling me that the bailout by Obama created a 5% increase in Michigan's employment rate.( By the way I'm glad he did it )

Jack Campbell

Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 10:01 p.m.

Wonder why that was? Oh yeah the auto industry took a nosedive shortly before and was bailed out by a liberals. I think conservatives refer to this is a fact, something they tend to ignore.


Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 9:27 p.m.

"Michigan unemployment up slightly in June, still higher than national average" I'm I the only one who finds the headline kind of ridiculous? Did they expect since unemployment went up that it all of a sudden would be lower than the national average? Now that would be a headline worth printing.


Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 9:13 p.m.

I'm laughing at you anti Synder people.You have very short memories.2010 unemployment was 11%


Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 8:57 p.m.

It's going to take Governor Snyder a long time to fix the mess Bush left him....


Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 10:02 p.m.

Meanwhile, our Canadian ex-governor can't help but hit the lecture circuit, patting herself on the back for...leaving Michigan the way it was when Gov. Snyder was elected.


Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 8:51 p.m.

Hey wait! I thought Rick Snyder was going to fix everything and we'd all be okay with jobs and education. What happened? Didn't the tax break for businesses fix everything? All those jobs..... yeah, right.


Sun, Jul 22, 2012 : 2:36 a.m.

and roads.and the welfare system.and cops and fireman. a and teachers.and on and on it goes.

tom swift jr.

Fri, Jul 20, 2012 : 8:48 p.m.

Thanks, Rick! Mission Accomplished!