State jobless rate declined in September

Michigan’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate declined by two-tenths of a percent in September to 8.5 percent, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

The number of employed and unemployed lowered in September, as the state workforce decreased by 23,000 over the month.

The U.S. jobless rate fell by half a percentage point between August and September to 7.9 percent. Michigan’s rate in September was six-tenths of a percentage point above the national rate. Over the year, the state rate advanced by 4.6 percentage points, while the U.S. rate rose by 4.4 percentage points.

County-by-county statistics for September were not available.

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