The current unemployment rate in Michigan is about 4.8%. It's lower in Washtenaw County.
Nearly 6,000 people in Washtenaw County are considered long term unemployed individuals because they haven't worked for more than 27 weeks.
Washtenaw County's unemployment rate is 3%, but Shamar Herron, who is the workforce development manager for Michigan Works, says that number could be deceptive. He says the county's east side alone has a 17% unemployment rate.
To help with the problem, Michigan Works offers job fairs as well as training to get people back to work.
For more information on their free services, click here.
— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org