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6. Michigan

Net Job Creation: 50,100

Michigan’s surprising job growth was matched by a stunningly large drop in its unemployment and one of the fastest-growing state economies. Better days for the Big Three are certainly trickling down to the broader labor market. Ford Motor, for example, started adding thousands of jobs at plants in Michigan and other states. The state added jobs in financial activities category, which includes real estate, but continued to bleed jobs in construction.

Professional & Business Services: 19,400
Manufacturing: 17,400
Education & Health Services: 12,100

Pictured: Auto assembly plant in Detroit.

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