COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Unemployment numbers in Branch County and Southwest Michigan continued their slow climb downward dropping about half a percent as seasonal employment like construction and leisure and hospitality picked up steam. Branch County’s March rate was 8.2%, compared to 8.8% in February and 9.1% in March of 2012. Barry and Kalamazoo Counties posting the lowest numbers and Van Buren and Hillsdale Counties lagging with the highest numbers. All of the area’s counties are below the state average, and about half are below the National average for unemployment.
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