LANSING, MI -- Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 5.4 percent, matching the national average for the first time since September of 2000, according to the Department of Technology Management and Budget. That's the month the musical Cats closed on Broadway, the Summer Olympics opened in Sydney and Emmys went to The West Wing and Will & Grace. (MLive)

Robbie Feinberg

According to experts at the Brewers Association, a craft beer trade group, Michigan’s craft breweries still have a lot more room to grow, both within the state and the country. But the latest step for some brewers is to step into the international market, selling in countries like Italy, Ireland, even Russia and Japan.

Unemployment rates for both the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets have dropped more than two percentage points in March compared to a year ago. 

(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6 percent. That’s a reduction of three-tenths of a percentage point, which is a bigger-than-usual adjustment. 

Membership in the UAW is the highest it has been since 2008, according to the organization’s annual labor report. The union grew by three percent in the past year, reaching just over 400,000 members. (WDET)