Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January declined over the month by four-tenths of a percentage point to 10.7 percent (December’s rate was revised downward by six-tenths of a percentage point to 11.1 percent). Unemployment decreased over the month by 21,000 as total employment increased by 16,000, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG) recently. The state’s labor force was little changed in January, edging downward by 5,000. Michigan’s unemployment rate was one and seven-tenths percentage points above the U.S. January rate of 9 percent.
The Michigan jobless rate in January 2011 was three full percentage points below the January 2010 rate of 13.7 percent. The national jobless rate decreased by seven-tenths of a percentage point over this period.