The department says March’s regional unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.5 percent in the Ann Arbor area to a high of 10 percent in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.
The layoffs are due to low sales of cars produced at the plant, including the Ford Focus and C-Max Hybrid.
The Detroit Department of Transportation wants to hire more than 100 bus drivers in an effort to improve transit services for customers.
“We should be proud that our hard work in reinventing Michigan is showing results,” Gov. Snyder said.
Despite the increase, unemployment does remain down from a year ago.
“The number one thing at Meijer is we’re looking for folks who give great customers service…”
Gov. Rick Snyder issued an executive order in December creating the department to house the state’s economic growth and job training efforts.
Abe Hagenston has set up on the Woodward overpass near 8 Mile, touting a web site, Spanging.com.
Some in the film industry are sounding off after the Michigan House of Representatives voted to drop the state’s $50 million a year incentive program.
In a change of course, the state is going back to its roots and putting renewed emphasis on training welders, machinists, electricians and other blue-collar workers.