LANSING—After the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget announced on Wednesday that the state’s unemployment rate fell 0.5 percentage points in January to 7.8 percent, Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement:
“This significant drop in Michigan’s unemployment rate is great news for families in Southwest Michigan and across the state. It is a real, tangible result of our hard work to revitalize our economy and help create well-paying jobs.
“Most importantly, this is an indication of real growth in Michigan’s economy. Total employment in Michigan skyrocketed by 32,000 jobs in the month while the number of people unemployed in the state plummeted by about 20,000.
“This outstanding news continues the positive signs of renewal throughout Michigan, where more jobs have been created, more people are working and unemployment is down since we began our efforts in January 2011. There is more we need to do to make Michigan the even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.