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National Unemployment At Lowest in 4 Years


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - New, national unemployment numbers came out Friday, with the lowest they've been in four years.

In February, employers nationwide added a total of 236,000 jobs, bringing the U.S. unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January--the lowest it has been since 2008.
Even though national unemployment numbers may be down, some local job seekers don't buy it.

"I don't believe it's getting any better, no," said Katie Grescowle, who's been looking for a job for six months. "It's very frustrating. I don't feel I'm getting too far ahead."

Economists say the report is a positive sign that America is headed in the right direction. The numbers actually surprised MSU Researcher Philip Gardner.

"The total number of jobs exceeds what I thought would happen in February," said Gardner. "If we see it for three months, we may have a trend going and that's good."

Gardner believes uncertainty in Washington affected February's jobs report, because many employers didn't want to hire in the fall.

"A lot of companies didn't know what was going to happen and so they wanted to wait out the political election," he said. "So we're seeing companies now in January, February begin to affect their hiring quotas that they would've normally established in August or September."

Gardner predicts employers will gain more confidence and make more aggressive job offers in the spring.

Capital Area Michigan Works officials have seen an increase in businesses asking for their help to recruit potential employees.

"The national rate is aligned with what we're seeing locally," said Andrea Kerbuski, spokesperson for the Michigan Works. "We're seeing more jobs available and it's just more and more positive as the months progress."

The top three areas of job growth nationwide are business services, construction and health care.

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