LANSING -- Michigan is getting at least a temporary reprieve from a dubious distinction.
The state did not lead the nation in unemployment in September, according to a posting this week from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It's the first time this year Michigan did not have the worst monthly rate among the 50 states.
Rhode Island had a jobless rate of 8.8 percent last month. Michigan was second-highest at 8.7 percent.
Michigan had the nation's highest average annual unemployment rate in 2006 and 2007 and leads the way so far in 2008.