Michigan's workforce continues to grow

Posted at 4:05 PM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 16:05:01-05

For the third straight month, Michigan’s workforce has expanded  with an additional 16,000 residents finding employment in November.

Governor Rick Snyder’s Office reports that from Nov. 2015 to Nov. 2016, total employment rose in Michigan by 2.5-percent, while the state’s workforce grew by 2.3-percent.

Michigan is outpacing the national total employment and labor force growth rates of 1.8 and 1.2-percent, over the same period, the office reports.

“Today’s jobs report – the last one before the new year – once again shows that more Michiganders have the confidence to join or rejoin the workforce to find new jobs in our state’s reinvented economy,” Snyder said. “In the past 12 months, our unemployment rate has been at its lowest rate in 15 years, our labor force has grown, and more Michiganders have found jobs.

“As we look ahead to 2017, we need to build on our momentum and create opportunities for success in all areas of the state. We will work with our 21st Century Infrastructure, Education, and Economy commissions, local and federal partners, the Legislature, the private sector, and all Michiganders to develop and implement solutions to address the most challenging issues still facing our state. I’m confident that by working together we will continue Michigan’s comeback in 2017 and for many years to come.”