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Mich. unemployment rate stays steady

Posted: 12:46 PM, Sep 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-14 16:46:24Z

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August remained at 4.5-percent, which is the lowest point it has been since January 2001, the Governor’s office reports.

“As we move forward and work to continue our comeback, it’s encouraging to see that Michigan’s unemployment rate remains below the national average and more than 10 points lower than its peak in the summer of 2009,” said Gov. Rick Snyder in a statement.

Snyder added that more than 450,000 private sector jobs were created in five and-a-half years, and nearly 100,000 jobs available in Michigan on the MiTalent website.

“That reminds us of how far we’ve come but how much work we still have to do,” said Snyder. “We need to close the skills gap, better connect Michiganders with existing jobs, and ensure that our residents are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the high-tech careers of the 21st century. We will continue our efforts to strengthen our workforce and create more opportunities for all Michiganders.”