Michigan Department of Technology Management & Budget

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.7 percent in April.

Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan's jobless rate was eight-tenths of a percentage point above the national rate of 3.9 percent last month and three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the state's April 2017 rate of 4.4 percent.

The agency says total employment increased by 6,000 during the month and the number of unemployed in the state fell by 2,000.

LANSING, MI--   The search has begun for the next state Christmas tree. 

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget is looking for a spruce or fir that’s at least 55 feet tall. The tree’s crown must be a maximum of 24 feet and its trunk a maximum diameter of 30 inches. It must be within easy access of a road with no interference from wires and available at no cost.

Last year’s tree was harvested in Stephenson, making it the 23rd tree to come from the Upper Peninsula.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's unemployment rate edged upward to 4.8 percent in February. 

Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan's jobless rate last month rose from 4.7 percent in January. It was seven-tenths of a percentage point above the national rate of 4.1 percent in February and unchanged from the state's February 2017 rate of 4.8 percent.

The agency says total employment was essentially unchanged over the month while the number of unemployed increased by 1,000.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's unemployment rate rose by two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.5 percent in October as the number of people in the state's workforce saw a slight decline of about 2,000.

Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan's October unemployment rate was four-tenths of a percentage point above the national rate but a half percentage point below the state's October 2016 rate of 5.0 percent.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State officials say Michigan's unemployment rate rose by two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.9 percent for August even as the number of people in the workforce declined for the fourth 

straight month.

Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show the state jobless rate is a full percentage point lower than the 4.9 percent rate from August 2016. Michigan's unemployment rate remains lower than the national mark of 4.4 percent for August.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent during June while the number of people in the workforce continued to decline. 

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget announced Wednesday the June rate compared to a rate of 4.2 percent during May and was a full percentage point lower than the June 2016 rate of 4.8 percent. The national rate in June was 4.4 percent.

The agency says Michigan's workforce shrunk by 29,000 during June. The number of unemployed workers fell by 20,000 and total employment declined by 9,000.

LANSING, MI--   Even though it’s only May, the search is on for the next state Christmas tree.

Officials from the Department of Technology, Management & Budget say nominees must be a spruce or fir, at least 55-feet tall with a maximum crown of 24 feet and a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches, within easy access of a road with no interference from wires, and available at no cost.

The department works with the Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association to bring the tree to Lansing. Last year it came from Sault Ste. Marie.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state says Michigan's unemployment rate rose to 5.3 percent in February while the number of people entering the job market continued to grow. 

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Wednesday the rate rose from 5.2 percent in January and compared with a national February jobless rate of 4.7 percent. Last month's jobless rate in Michigan was three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the state's year-ago rate of 5.0 percent.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's unemployment rate edged upward to 5.2 percent in January as the number of people entering the job market continued to grow. 

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Thursday the rate rose from 5.1 percent in December and compared with a national January jobless rate of 4.8 percent but still marked an improvement over Michigan's year-ago rate of 5.0 percent. Michigan's December unemployment was revised upward from 5.0 percent announced earlier.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's unemployment rate edged upward to 5.0 percent in December as the number of people entering the job market continued to increase. 

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Wednesday the rate rose from 4.9 percent in November and compared with a national December jobless rate of 4.7 percent but still marked an improvement over Michigan's year-ago rate of 5.1 percent.

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