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Branch County jobless rate inches upward in June

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Branch County is like half the counties in Michigan that experienced a jump in their jobless rates in June. Thursday’s report showed the county’s unemployment rate last month went up about a half a percent from 6.7% in May to 7.1% in June. That’s still much better than a year ago when the June 2013 number was a full two percent higher at 9.1%.

The state’s labor market information director said the situation in Michigan in June was very typical for this time of the year as a large number of job seekers enter the workforce as seasonal hiring accelerated. Due to the labor force expanding, jobless rates go up as not everybody found work. Branch County’s labor pool grew by 319 from May to June while the ranks of the employed increased by just 130.