COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It’s a day for numbers about jobs. The March unemployment rate for Branch County will be announced this afternoon. In February, it was 8.4%. And first-time claims for unemployment benefits are up. This morning's report from the Labor Department shows 329,000 Americans filing for jobless benefits. That's up 24,000 from the previous week.
The biggest jumps for claims were in California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Indiana. The steepest declines were in Oregon, Georgia, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Illinois.