Gov. talks unemployment rate, jobs at GVSU

Gov. Rick Snyder talks about jobs and unemployment at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids. (March 6, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The news that Michigan’s unemployment rate is the lowest since 2008 has not gone unnoticed by Michigan businesses or the governor’s office.

Gov. Rick Snyder was in Grand Rapids Thursday to speak to a group of automotive suppliers at Grand Valley State University.

The Michigan unemployment rate hit 7.8% in January, according to the state, more than a full point lower than it was the same month last year and the lowest it has been since May of 2008.

Any governor in any state would be happy to see unemployment drop. The governor of Michigan — a state disproportionally hit by the recession — would be elated to see the numbers dip below 8%.

Snyder said there are a lot of people and businesses that deserve the credit for an improving job picture.

He told the automotive suppliers they should do more to recruit young people into the auto industry, calling it one of the most high-tech jobs available.

Snyder also said that there are jobs available in Michigan, but young people need to be aware of and attain the skills they need to fill them.

The state’s unemployment numbers are still higher than the national average of 6.6%.

==Watch above: The governor speaks to 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin about the state’s unemployment rate.==

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