Michigan’s falling unemployment is lower than national average

The state added 6,000 jobs in April, helping the jobless rate drop below 5%
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Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 7:07 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - The U.S. Department of Labor and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget have updated the state’s unemployment rate.

According to a press release issued Wednesday, Michigan added 6,000 jobs in April, following three straight months of consecutive employment gains. As a result, Michigan’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.9%, beating the national average of 6.1%.

While unemployment continues to go down, Michigan is delivering billions of dollars in federal stimulus to the state with a total of nearly $20 billion available through President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

“As Michigan gets back to work, our number one goal has been delivering the critical economic relief that Michigan families and small businesses need to emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.

She credited Michiganders who followed measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 for helping the state get back to normal faster than others.

“Now is the time to keep our foot on the gas. My administration will stay laser-focused on growing the economy and getting Michiganders back to work,” Whitmer said.

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