Jobless Rates Stable

May 29, 2007
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LANSING -- Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates dipped in all of Michigan's 17 regional labor markets in April, state officials announced last week.

According to the state Department of Labor and Economic Growth, total employment dropped in all regions from year-ago levels by an average of 1.5 percent. Thirteen regions experienced higher unemployment in April than one year ago.

In the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area, the rate was 5.8 percent, down from 6.3 percent. In the Holland-Grand Haven area, it was 5.3 percent, down from 5.8 percent.

Michigan's seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose in April to 7.1 percent after dropping each of the previous three months. The national unemployment rate for April was 4.5 percent.

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