Analysis: As Jobs Boom in Michigan, Unemployment Drops to Pre-pandemic 2018 Rates Governor Whitmer confirms Michigan’s economic recovery, with “strong jobs numbers” in the state and unemployment down to 4.4 percent, a rate last seen in 2018.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
Two years after the start of the pandemic, Michigan’s jobs numbers are restored. The state recently reported “a low unemployment rate of 4.4 percent,” last seen in 2018, before the pandemic began.
Governor Whitmer credited the economic recovery to Michigan’s “hardworking people, innovative small businesses, and resilient communities,” pointing out that 15,000 jobs have been added in 11 consecutive months of growth. Throughout the pandemic, Michigan’s small businesses received $240 million dollars in relief, and were further aided by tax cuts for small business owners.
Michigan has also hit a national benchmark. Bloomberg reports that “the number of workers employed in Michigan has risen faster than the U.S. overall in the pandemic era.” The state’s auto industry has added 20,000 jobs since Gov. Whitmer took office, and an additional 45,000 infrastructure jobs have been supported by her Rebuilding Michigan plan, a campaign to repair the state’s bridges and roads.
“Let’s stay focused on growing our economy, creating good-paying jobs,” said Governor Whitmer. “Our future is bright.”