LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s unemployment rate has been steadily falling, but according to the governor’s office, it is now below the national average for the first time since August 2000.
Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.0% in September. The national average is 5.1%. Michigan’s rate in August was 5.1% and in April was 5.4%.
In a release, Governor Rick Snyder said:
“We need to stay focused on our goal, but it also is important to look back to see how far we’ve come. Michigan’s unemployment rate was once the worst in the United States. Today we are below the national average for the first time since August 2000. This means more people in Michigan are able to use their skills and are finding fulfilling jobs to support themselves and their families, making our cities and our communities stronger in a variety of ways.
“We can be proud of what we have accomplished together. It’s exciting. But more exciting is thinking about how we can keep improving. Together, we will continue working to bring opportunity to every part of our state, helping people get the education and assistance they need to reach their potential and build on the foundation we’ve created. The Michigan story is a great one, and our best chapters have yet to be written.”