A new state report says the rate of underutilized labor in Michigan shrunk at a faster rate than the nation as a whole.

However Michigan still lags significantly behind the US in underutilized labor.

Underutilized labor includes both the unemployed and underemployed.

In quoting the state report, the Lansing-based Gongwer News Service says the underutilized rate of labor in Michigan last year averaged just under 16-percent of the total workforce.

That compares to well over 16 percent in 2012.

A similar report shows the national rate at just over 14-percent.

The report comes from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.