Michigan's rate of unemployment has dropped to 8.4%. A decline, even a small one, might be portrayed as good news.
But to put the number in perspective, you have to consider what the folks at the Bureau of Labor Statistics are measuring. The unemployment rate measures the number of people in the labor force that are out of work.
A measure of the buzzing bees
Think of the labor force as the number of people who have their worker bee wings buzzing. They're revved up and ready to work.