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Michigan jobless numbers remain unchanged for third month in a row

Tim Mossholder

The state has released new unemployment data for the month of June. Michigan’s summer jobless rate remains unchanged.

For the third consecutive month, Michigan’s unemployment rate remains at 4.3%. The state gained over 7,000 payroll jobs since May.

Wayne Rourke is the associate director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. He says the number of unemployed people in the state is very low when compared to historic trends and the unemployment rate is returning to pre-pandemic levels

But Rourke says labor force participation rates have to change to address the worker shortage.

"You got to get people that are currently not in the labor force, not employed or not looking for work. So enticing those workers to come off the sidelines, is how we're gonna get people to fill some of these worker shortages in the state," said Rourke.

Michigan’s unemployment rate remains slightly higher than the national average.

Rick joined WCMU as a general assignment reporter in March 2022.