March figures released Thursday show joblessness statewide at 9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent in February and 11.2 percent in March 2011.
The state says Michigan’s unemployment rate continues to decline.
Michigan’s unemployment rate continues its downward trend, dropping to 8.8 percent in February.
Officials say that seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have increased in all 17 major labor markets, though manufacturing layoffs were less evident as rebounding car companies maintained production.
Michigan’s unemployment has fallen again in the latest monthly report to 9 percent, a level not seen since 2008.
For the fifth month in a row, the unemployment rate is lower — this time dropping to 8.3 percent after a surge in hiring last month.
Michigan officials say that seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have increased in all 17 major state labor markets.
The U.S. Labor Department says the economy added 80,000 jobs last month, the fewest in four months.
Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped for the first time in five months, declining to 11.1 percent in September.
Michigan’s unemployment rate has risen 0.3 percentage points to 11.2 percent in the latest monthly figures.