Sen. Mike Kowall issues statement on Michigan’s job increases, low unemployment

LANSING—Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, issued the following statement Wednesday following the news that Michigan has gained more private sector jobs than any other Midwestern state since the end of 2010 and the state’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.9 percent—the lowest in 14 years.

“For the past several years we have put policies in place to ease the burden on job providers and encourage them to hire workers. These policies continue to yield results, and today’s announcement that unemployment has dropped and jobs have increased is more encouraging news.

“Michigan’s unemployment is now the lowest since October 2001. The state has gained nearly 100,000 private sector jobs in the past year and nearly 400,000 private sector jobs since December 2010. We have seen significant increases in professional and business services; manufacturing; construction; trade, trade transportation and utilities; education and health services; and leisure and hospitality services.

“We must not take our eyes off the prize; rather, we must be diligent to implement policies that foster Michigan’s remarkable comeback. I will continue to work to ensure that happens.”