Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives COVID Named As Main Cause Of Michigan's 22.7 Percent Jobless Rate By Rick Pluta • May 21, 2020 Bytemarks / flickr.com Michigan lost more than a million jobs from March to April, largely due to COVID-19 related layoffs. As we hear from Rick Pluta, that led to a record-setting 22.7% state unemployment rate. Listen Listening... / 0:41 Listen to the full story. Michigan Jobless Rate Drops Because Fewer People Are Looking For Work By Rick Pluta • Jul 21, 2016 Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org Michigan’s monthly job rate has dropped slightly. But it’s not because more people are working. Listen Listening... / 0:31 The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta reports on why the state unemployment rate has dropped recently.