Michigan’s non-farm employment reached 4.3 million in January 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up from a low of 3.8 million in 2010. The total number of people in the state’s workforce – those working or actively looking for work – was 4.797 million in January, a figure that has risen for seven consecutive months. The number looking for work is the highest since 2010, even as the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent.

ForTheRecord says: It appears many formerly discouraged workers are back, both looking for and finding jobs. One definition of a healthy state economy is when employment is growing even as more people are looking for jobs.

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