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Monday, October 22nd, 2018
November 2017 Jobless Rates Down Slightly Around SW Michigan
Friday Jan 05, 2018 5:33am
Lansing, MI

By: Mike Stiles

Jobless rates around Southwest Michigan dropped slightly during the month of November.

According to data from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Branch County dropped from 4.4 percent in October to an even 4 percent in November, while Hillsdale County dropped from 4.5 to 4.2 percent.

The November jobless rate for St. Joseph County was 3.6 percent, down from an October mark of 4.2 percent.

Cass County saw a slight increase in their jobless rate, increasing from 4.2 to 4.3 percent.

Statewide the jobless rate dropped from 4.2 to an even 4 percent from October to November.

Dr. Leonidas Murembya, State Coordinator of Regional Economic Research, says typical seasonal employment changes were recorded in Southern Michigan during November. Businesses in Leisure and Hospitality services continued to cut jobs, but hiring started to pick up in Retail Trade in preparation for the holiday season.


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