May 2019 Jobless Rate Up In Michigan
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Michigan's jobless rate went up slightly during the month of May. The Michigan Department Of Technology, Management and Budget says the jobless rate rose from 4.1 percent in April to 4.2 percent in May. Total employment remained unchanged over the month while the number of unemployed moved up by 5,000.

The State's May unemployment rate was six-tenths of a percentage point above the national rate, which was 3.6 percent. Michigan's workforce increased for the ninth consecutive month in May. The State's labor force has grown by 59,000, or 1.2 percent, since August 2018.

Jason Palmer, Director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, says the uptick in Michigan's May jobless rate reflected an increase in unemployment and a decrease in payroll jobs. He says despite this over the month reduction, payroll jobs over the year advanced by 23,000.