Jobless Rate Up

More people were working in Michigan in September, but the state’s unemployment rate increased to 4.6 percent as many entered the labor market in search of work. The total number of people working is at 4.599 million with 11,000 not finding work during the month. From September 2015 the state has seen an additional 93,000 people working. The state’s unemployment rate remained below the national unemployment rate, but still grew due to the total labor force growth.

Isaacs Retiring

Chief Deputy Attorney General Carol Isaacs will retire effective December 31st. She has served as chief deputy to Attorney General Bill Schuette and former Attorney General Mike Cox. She has also served as an advisor and legal counsel in the Senate and was a legal advisor to former Governor John Engler. Ms. Isaacs also was senior deputy director for legal affairs and policy development in the Department of Community Health.

Jen to Budget Deputy

Deputy director at the House Fiscal Agency Kyle Jen will assume the role of chief deputy in the State Budget Office early next year, Budget Director John Roberts announced. Mr. Jen has worked at the HFA for 17 years with 5 years in his current position as deputy director. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from Michigan State University. Mr. Jen will succeed Nancy Duncan who is retiring.

State Support of Nonpublic School Increasing

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan published a report on Tuesday indicating that Michigan will spend nearly $100 million to support educating nonpublic school students, an increase of $43 million from 2014. In the 2015-16 school year, 11,326 shared time full-time equivalent students were additionally enrolled in public schools, a 282 percent increase from 1999-2000 school year, but public school enrollment fell by 11 percent and nonpublic school enrollment fell 39 percent. In the 2015-16 school year, the state is spending $86 million for nonpublic students in enrolling districts.