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The city of Grand Rapids is looking for young adults ages 15 to 24 to enroll in the LEAD program that will help connect them with a summer job. Created by former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell in 2010, the LEAD program is an acronym for leadership, employment, achievement and direction. Facilitated by city run Our Communities Children, the program provides young people training in civic engagement, leadership and employability skills. 

Michigan's auditor is again finding fault with the state Unemployment Insurance Agency, finding that it has only partially complied with a past audit that criticized efforts to collect delinquent taxes employers pay into the system. 

The audit released Wednesday is a follow-up to an audit done five years ago. It also comes after the state last week reassigned the agency's director due to thousands of jobless people being wrongfully accused of fraud by a computer-based unemployment benefits system.

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Michigan will be unable to rule that someone committed unemployment benefits fraud unless a state worker verifies it under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The law OK'd Monday prohibits what's known as "auto-adjudication." It codifies a change the state Unemployment Insurance Agency put in place in 2015 after thousands of people receiving jobless benefits were mistakenly accused of fraud by a computer system.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration announced last week that the director of the agency was reassigned in the wake of criticism over the problem.

Michigan officials say able-bodied adults without dependents in four counties must meet work requirements to continue receiving food assistance after Jan. 1. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday it's notifying about 14,000 people in Kent, Oakland, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties this week of the change. Recipients ages 18-49 without disabilities that prevent them from working must spend an average of 20 hours per week each month in unsubsidized employment, job training, or volunteering at a nonprofit.

Michigan’s jobless rate has edged upward to four-point-six percent. The uptick was caused by a surge in the number of people looking for work.

This is the first jump in the jobless rate in months. Hiring was up last month by 11 thousand people. But 14 thousand people were counted as unemployed as more jobseekers joined the workforce.

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Michigan's jobless rate dipped to 4.5 percent in July, a slight drop from the previous month and lowest in 15 years.

The state said Wednesday it's the lowest rate since January 2001's 4.4 percent, but officials say it corresponds with a significant drop in labor force and employment levels.

Total employment fell by 20,000, while the number of unemployed fell by 8,000.

The Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives says Michigan's unemployment rate has incrementally dropped this year, following a mostly decreasing trend since July 2009.

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Michigan’s monthly job rate has dropped slightly to 4.6 percent.

But it’s not because more people are working.

The one-tenth of a percentage point is because of a shrinking number of people competing for jobs.

The shift in the jobless rate is slight. But it is the second month in a row that the unemployment rate has dropped because the workforce got smaller.

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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate remains unchanged at 4.8 percent.

There was an increase in hiring, but that was accompanied by roughly the same number of people joining the workforce.

Governor Rick Snyder says the flat month-to-month unemployment rate and the surge in the number of jobseekers is good news.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A lawsuit can go forward against a state agency over a computer system that claimed thousands of people had illegally obtained jobless benefits.

Judge Cynthia Stephens of the Michigan Court of Claims turned down the state's request to dismiss the case.

She doesn't agree with the Unemployment Insurance Agency, which says the case is moot because people who may have unfairly lost money have recovered it.

In a decision Tuesday, Stephens says denying benefits even temporarily can have serious consequences.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Figures show unemployment in Michigan continues to fall.

The state Department of Technology, Management & Budget reports Wednesday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February dipped to 4.8 percent. It was 4.9 percent in January.

Total employment rose over the month by 36,000 while the number of unemployed declined by 4,000. February also marked the eight consecutive months of gains in Michigan's workforce level.

The U.S. jobless rate in February was 4.9 percent. Michigan's jobless rate was 5.9 percent in February 2015.

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