The declines across the 17 labor markets ranged from a low of -0.3 percent to -1.9 percentage points with a median decline of -0.7 percent. The largest rate drops were posted in the Northeast and Northwest Lower Michigan regions, with decreases of -1.9 and -1.2 percentage points.
"It is critically important that all Michiganders have an opportunity to be part of our state's comeback," said Gov. Rick SNYDER in heralding the news. "To see the unemployment rate fall in each of Michigan's regional labor markets is outstanding news and something everyone should be proud of."
The next largest monthly rate decrease was recorded in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) at -1.1 percent. For the month of April, 12 of the state's 17 labor markets showed unemployment rates below the national non-seasonally adjusted rate of 4.7 percent.
While jobless rates fell across all 17 markets, 15 of the 17 markets also saw growth in actual employment (unemployment can fall as workers leave the market, not because of increased employment). Over the month, gains in employment ranged from a low of 0.2 percent to a high of 1.9 percent with a median hike of 0.8 percent.
The monthly survey of employers showed that seasonally unadjusted numbers exhibited payroll jobs in the state climbed by 36,000 in April, a 0.9 percent in April to a total of 4,307,000. Over the month, job increases occurred in the professional and business services sector, which added 9,000 jobs. Leisure and hospitality services grew by 8,000 jobs and construction by 7,000.
Education and health services and manufacturing both added 4,000 jobs in April. The only sector to show a decline of jobs was government, which dropped 2,000 jobs over the month.