Unemployment continued to fall in Ottawa County in November, according to new information released this week by the state’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget.
Ottawa County’s unemployment fell to 5.3%, well below the state’s average of 8.9% and the U.S. average of 7.7%. The County’s rate is down from 7% at the beginning of the year.
“We have made great strides in turning around Michigan’s economy and getting this state back to work,” said state Representative Joe Haveman, R-Holland. “I came into office at a time when jobs were scarce and state government was doing more harm than good. Now, two years later, we have made the tough decisions that needed to be made and enacted sweeping reforms that are producing results.”
In addition to the strong unemployment rate numbers, the number of people with jobs is up in this area. The Holland-Grand Haven metropolitan area experienced a 2.2% growth in jobs over the past year.
Statewide, unemployment is down, there are more than a hundred thousand new jobs over the last two years and personal income growth is the strongest it has been since 2000.
“After a decade of decline, 2013 promises to be a much more successful year for Michigan residents,” said Haveman. “Our pro-growth policies are taking hold, improving the quality of life in this state and giving everyone confidence about the future. But of course there is no such thing as good enough when it comes to Michigan families, which is why I look forward to getting back to work soon on the tax, spending and regulatory reforms that are turning this state around.”