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Michigan jobless rate falls to 3.7 percent

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Michigan's jobless rate fell to 3.7 percent in May. That's the lowest it's been in a couple years.

The state's labor force participation rate is also high: 60.5 percent. That number counts the people who are working or looking for work.

Wayne Rourke is the Michigan Labor Market information director. He says the data show the state's on track to recover the jobs lost during the pandemic.

"It was a strong jobs month for May and we're within a really good milestone of getting back to pre-pandemic levels here real soon, hopefully," he says.

The industries most affected by COVID — services and hospitality at the top of the list — are the ones that show the most improvement. What's happening in Michigan is similar to national trends.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.