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.