LANSING, Michigan (WJRT) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the latest employment figures for Michigan indicate continued improvement in the state’s economy.
Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth show that the state’s unemployment rate fell in July to 4.8%, which is well below the national average of 5.4%. Michigan businesses also created 31,000 jobs in July.
The leisure and hospitality industry saw the biggest increase in new jobs last month.
“Michigan’s employment figures are heading in the right direction. Our unemployment rate is below the national average and companies are hiring quickly, ”Whitmer said.
She said the state should still strive to provide more economic opportunities for all families, communities and small businesses. But Michigan’s share of federal COVID-19 relief money can be spent in these areas.
“Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to use the massive influx of federal funds that we have received to make tangible, lasting investments in the kitchen table issues that most affect families and children. Michigan businesses – child care, job training, job creation, housing, and more, ”Whitmer said.
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