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Branch County jobless rate goes up in July

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Branch County’s jobless rate jumped up a half a percent in July to 7.6%, but it’s still more than 2% better than a year ago when the unemployment rate in the county was 9.7%.  State officials say the uptick in local jobless numbers were typical for July and they were higher in all of Michigan’s 17 major labor market regions.

According to the state, temporary layoffs happened in several industry sectors last month, including in local government, education, professional and business services and in auto related manufacturing.