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National Unemployment Rate Drops As Jobs Increase

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Staff Writer

On Friday, April 7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics published a report which included preliminary national unemployment numbers for March. The national unemployment rate dropped from 3.6 percent in February to 3.5 percent in March.

As the unemployment rate dropped, the nation added 236,000 new nonfarm jobs, on par with previous monthly gains. The largest gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality (72,000), government (47,000), professional and business services (39,000), health care (34,000), social assistance (17,000), and transportation (10,000) sectors.

The full Bureau of Labor Statistics report can be found here

The Northern Lights put on a rare show across Michigan

Michiganders living in the Upper Peninsula are periodically treated to displays of the famed Northern Lights. But a rare, severe (G4) geomagnetic storm Friday night meant that even those of us living below the Mackinac Bridge could see the aurora borealis.

Livestock waste making ‘Pure Michigan’ waters not so pure

Michigan boasts 11,000 inland lakes, more freshwater shoreline than any other state and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams but a new report shows some waters are being contaminated by livestock waste from concentrated animal feeding operations.