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October Jobless Rates Drop In SW Michigan
Thursday Nov 30, 2017 10:22am
Lansing, MI.

By: Mike Stiles


(LANSING) – The jobless rate around Southwest Michigan dropped during the month of October.

The Department of Technology, Management and Budget released the October data for the area. St. Joseph County's jobless rate remained the same from September to October at 4.2 percent.

The largest drop in Southwest Michigan was in Hillsdale County, which went from a September jobless rate of 4.8 percent to an October figure of 4.5 percent.

Branch County went from 4.6 percent to 4.4 percent while Cass County dropped from 4.4 to 4.2 percent.

Statewide, the jobless rate dropped from 4.5 percent in September to 4.2 percent in October.

Dr. Leonidas Murembya, State Coordinator of Regional Economic Research says from September to October, the educational sector returned to full staffing, while jobs declined in leisure and hospitality services. At the same time, summer seasonal workers continued to leave the workforce.
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