Business Briefs

Gas prices on the rise again

GENESEE COUNTY — Average retail gasoline prices in Michigan have risen 1.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.95 per gallon.

This compares with the national average that has increased 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80 per gallon, according to the gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Michigan during the past week, prices yesterday were $1.07 per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 39.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 27.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 93.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. — G.G.

Michigan’s March jobless rate declines slightly

LANSING — Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March was little changed, edging downward over the month by one-tenth of a percentage point to 10.3 percent, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG). Total employment increased by 11,000 while unemployment declined by 7,000. The net result was a minor advance in the state’s labor force in March.

Michigan’s unemployment rate was one and a half percentage points above the U.S. March rate of 8.8 percent.

The Michigan jobless rate in March 2011 was three full percentage points below the March 2010 rate of 13.3 percent.

The national jobless rate decreased by ninetenths of a percentage point over this period.

“Michigan’s labor market indicators have shown steady improvement in the first three months of 2011,” said Rick Waclawek, director of DELEG’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. “Compared to this time last year, the state’s jobless rate has fallen significantly while private sector payroll jobs have increased by 98,000 or 3.1 percent.” — G.G.

Grand Reserve by Del Webb hosts homeowner Expo

GRAND BLANC — Southeast Michigan residents who are looking for home improvement ideas, wellness products, vacation deals, unique jewelry, personal finance advice and more can find all the information they seek at Grand Reserve by Del Webb’s homeowner expo. It takes places from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 30 at the community’s activity center — the Grandview Lodge — located off Baldwin Rd. at 6300 Del Webb Blvd. in Grand Blanc.

The homeowner expo will feature local vendors who will showcase and demonstrate a variety of products and services.

Guests will be treated to refreshments and massages. Admission is free.

Details: Call 810-603-1735. — G.G.

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