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Jobless rates spike in Southern Michigan during January
Friday Mar 17, 2017 7:22am
By: Mike Stiles
JACKSON – Jobless rates increased around southwest Michigan during January.
St. Joseph County's jobless rate went from 3.5 percent in December to 4.3 percent in January. In January 2016, the county's jobless rate was 3.9 percent.
Branch and Hillsdale Counties saw increases of 1.2 percent. Branch County went from 4.1 percent to 5.3 percent. Hillsdale went 4.2 to 5.4 percent.
Cass County was up one percent from 4.3 to 5.3 percent.
Statewide the jobless rate in Michigan went from 4.5 to 5.7 percent. That's higher than one year ago when the jobless rate was at 5.1 percent.
Analyst Dr. Leonidas Murembya says typical seasonal job cuts occurred in construction, education, leisure and hospitality and retail trade.