Michigan unemployment on the decline

LANSING — Michigan dropped six spots in November to the 10th highest unemployment rate among states, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report issued Tuesday.

“This is a great sign for Michigan, as we work to regain our financial footing,” said Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “Our state was hard-hit during the recent economic downturn, but things are finally looking brighter.”

The 0.8 percentage point decline to a 9.8 percent jobless rate was the largest improvement in the employment rate in the country during the month of November.

“For the past year the Legislature has been working hard to get Michigan back on the path to prosperity,” Hune said. “While we’ve had to make some tough choices in the past eleven months, this unemployment decline is an excellent indicator that things are turning around. As I look ahead to 2012, I will continue to do what’s best for Michigan so we can get our state back on the right track.”