Gov. Whitmer Issues Statement on Eight Months of Declining Unemployment

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued a statement following the release of Michigan’s August unemployment numbers.

According to the latest numbers, Michigan’s unemployment in August was down to 4.7%, which is below the national average and is the lowest level since March 2020.

“Michigan’s economy is headed in the right direction, but we know we still have more to do to get Michiganders back to work,” stated Gov. Whitmer. “Our unemployment rate is below the national average, businesses are staffing up, and personal income is up 19.1%, year after year, the fourth highest nationwide.”

Governor Whitmer continued, “There is plenty to be optimistic about, but despite eight straight months of declining unemployment, we have more to do to ensure every family, community, and small business can thrive as we usher in a new era of prosperity for our state. I have laid out a range of plans that utilize massive influx of federal funds we have received to make game-changing investments in the kitchen-table, fundamental issues that matter most to Michiganders. This includes a plan to expand access to childcare, invest in small businesses and entrepreneurship, upgrade our state and local parks, build affordable housing units, bolster public health departments and mental health resources, and more.”

Governor Whitmer further states that she is looking forward to working with those who want to put Michiganders first, and says, “Together, we can power our economy to new highs, build on the progress we have made, and get things done for our families, communities, and small businesses.”

According to the Governor’s Office, Michigan’s economy grew by 7.6% in the first quarter of 2021, the best in the Midwest. They also say Michigan went from a projected $3 billion deficit to a $3.5 billion surplus, and continues to lead the United States in automotive manufacturing.

Furthermore, they say personal income was up by 19.1% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020, which is the fourth-largest increase across the country.