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BUSINESS BEAT: New job creation numbers for Michigan released

Unemployment image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Unemployment image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Michigan is the 30th-best state for job creation, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. From April 2012 to April 2013, Michigan saw 32,300 more jobs, a .8 percent increase in employment. That puts the state tied percentage-wise with Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas and Georgia.  North Dakota led the pack percentage-wise with a 3.7 percent employment jump, or 15,900 new jobs. Utah was second with a 3-percent increase and 43,700 jobs, followed by Texas with a 3-percent increase and a whopping 326,100 jobs -- the most of any state.  Wyoming rounded up the rear with a .5 percent decrease, losing 1,500 jobs. Also in negative territory were Maine, with a .3 percent loss and 1,500 fewer jobs, and Wisconsin, with a .2 percent loss and 6,800 fewer jobs. Alaska and Ohio each had a .1 percent increase.

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