LANSING (WWJ) – Governor Rick Snyder said despite a slight increase in the state’s jobless rate last month to 11.2 percent, the picture’s not all bleak.

Gov. Snyder told WWJ he prefers to look at year-to-year improvement and how Michigan is faring compared to other states.

“We’ve done almost twice as good as the rest of the country in terms of our unemployment rate drop. We’ve gone down a whole point over the last year compared to about half-of-a-point for the country,” he said.

Snyder said changes passed in Lansing will generate employment across the state, but residents will have to have a bit more patience.

“These will help, these will make a difference. As a practical matter, they don’t actually take effect until January first of 2012. So, they’re not in place yet. They’ve been passed, but they’re not effective yet,” he said.

The Republican governor said his administration will be working to put as many job-generating programs in place as possible before the tax structure changes designed to create more jobs will go into effect.

Comments (4)
  1. Bob Hendricks says:

    Hey Rick, the affects have started. The cuts to education cost my daughter, a first year teacher, her job! She found a new one in Illinois and moved out of Michigan this summer. Local businesses don’t get her money any more. Nor will they get mine!

  2. D says:

    The number of unemployed isnt going down. The number of unemployed losing state benefits are going up. Nice try buddy.

  3. P says:

    @Bob Hendrix; Great platform: Something doesn’t go my way, so I choose to arbitrarily punish whomever is close to me, regardless of their involvement. Sounds like you’re a selfish little whiner, Bob, and I for one, welcome the chance to watch you move out of state.

    Bad politics have challenged Michigan, and tough decisions will bring it out of the toilet. If a recovery doesn’t happen in 12 minutes, are you ready to give up and throw in the towel? Doesn’t sound like someone I’d want to share my state with.

  4. N says:

    P, you just did yourself what you accused Bob of doing. You don’t like what Bob said so you told him good riddance.

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