BATTLE CREEK, Mich., June 15, 2023 — Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to 3.7% in May, remaining below 4% for only the third period in nearly 50 years. Michigan’s labor force increased by 26,000, reaching 60.5 percent this month, the highest since July 2020. The state recorded 4,440,000 payroll jobs, an increase of 15,000 over the month and 82,000 over the year. These numbers indicate an overall positive upward economic trend for Michigan. State Rep. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek) issued the following statement on the historically low unemployment numbers: 


“The historic low unemployment numbers come as very welcome news to me, and I sure know it does to the folks in my district, too. Democrats have really been working hard to create good-paying jobs for the hard-working people of Michigan, and we’re seeing the results. In fact, right here in Calhoun County, new jobs are on the horizon in the high-tech manufacturing sector. Our community, and the whole state, is certainly on the right track — our economy is growing, jobs are increasing and Michigan is thriving.” 


Since gaining control in Lansing this year, Michigan Democrats have been working to solve the issues that matter most to Michiganders by spurring a vigorous economy, cutting taxes, creating good-paying jobs and bringing the unemployment rate down to a historic low.