Governor Granholm and state Senate Republicans are battling over her authority to make appointments in the closing months of her administration. Senate GOP leaders say any appointments that begin next year should wait for the new governor.
New figures show seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in March in each of Michigan's 17 major labor markets.
The state reports Thursday that total employment declined in nearly all regions over the month.
The northeast Lower Peninsula saw the highest March unemployment rate at 20.2%, up from 19.9% in February. The Ann Arbor area was lowest at 9.6%, but that was up from 8.9% the previous month. Unemployment in the Detroit region was at 15.5%, up from 15.3% in February.
The five candidates for the Republican nomination for governor met Wednesday night for a debate in East Lansing.
The candidates had heated exchanges over taxes and health care, and argued over whose values are most American.
The candidates also discussed the usefulness of tax credits for businesses in the state. State Attorney General Mike Cox says Michigan has one of the nation's worst reputations as a place to do business.
It could be part of the fallout from Toyota's big recalls.
A new Associated Press-GfK poll found more people saying the U.S. makes the best cars than said Asia does. 38% of the people who were polled said U.S. cars were best, while 33% named cars made by Asian countries.
And it marks a big shift from just a few years ago, when Asian cars were rated best, 46% to 29%.