By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
Michigan's unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percentage points in February to 14.1 percent.
Economists at the state Department of Labor and Economic Growth say job losses, especially in manufacturing and construction, appear to have leveled off. The state added jobs in the health care and education sectors of the economy.
Michigan's unemployment rate has not been this low since last summer, but it is still much higher than the national average of 9.7 percent.
There are 684,000 people in Michigan who are unemployed and looking for jobs. When people who have quit looking are counted, along with people working part-time but looking for full-time jobs, Michigan's rate of unemployment and under-employment is 22 percent.