LANSING -- Michigan's unemployment rate in February increased to 12 percent, the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth announced today.
That rate is up 0.4 percentage points from January.
Total employment declined by 29,000 over the month while unemployment rose by 21,000. The state's labor force recorded a moderate reduction of 8,000 in February.
The U.S. jobless rate displayed a similar trend, increasing by half a percentage point in February to 8.1 percent.
Michigan's February 2009 jobless rate jumped 4.6 percentage points above the state's February 2008 rate of 7.4 percent.
In the same period, the national jobless rate also recorded a significant increase, rising by 3.3 percentage points.
Geez, maybe John Engler wasn't all that bad.