Michigan added 6,000 new jobs in April and the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.8% as the state’s workforce continued to expand.
The state’s unemployment rate in April was two-tenths of a percentage point below the national rate of 5%. The U.S. jobless rate was also unchanged from March to April. And some geographic areas are doing better than the state as a whole. University of Michigan economists George Fulton and Donald Grimes forecast earlier this month that unemployment in Oakland County will dip to 4.2% this year and drop to 3.3% in 2018, levels likely to remain below both the state and national levels.