COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Coldwater area economy seems to be well on the mend with several factory expansions announced this fall along with a handful of new restaurants either already in business or with plans to open in coming months. However, one of the gauges of what’s happening with jobs in Branch County hasn’t been available lately. The local unemployment rates provided by the state haven’t been updated since the August report was issued two months ago when the Branch County figure was 8.6%. Yesterday, the October rate for Michigan was released and at 9%, it’s the same as the previous two months, although the state is now back to having the nation’s third highest number, bouncing back to a position it had after the September 2011 report came out.
As Republicans did four years ago when they slammed Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm when Michigan was topping the unemployment lists, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer went right after Republican Governor Rick Synder. MIRS News reports Schauer mentioned Michigan's jobs report during a campaign stop Friday with Hispanic business leaders in Lansing. Schauer said when Snyder took office, Michigan had the fifth worst unemployment rate in the nation and after three years, we now have the third worst. It's clear, according to Schauer, that Snyder's policies of handing out tax breaks to big corporations have failed to deliver 'more and better jobs.
Snyder spokesman Dave Murray said the numbers actually show that Michigan is unquestionably the comeback state and that compared to other states, we've had further to go and the state is climbing faster.