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Latest jobless numbers steady for Branch County

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The latest jobless numbers just released are already pretty old.  They show Branch County’s unemployment rate for January to begin 2014 at 7.9% with little change from the December number of 8.0%. Some counties in the area showed a jump in joblessness, based in part on seasonal factors with the layoff of retail workers after the holidays. There were also cuts in agriculture, education and construction, and leisure and hospitality. Still the jobless numbers for this January were lower than they were in January of last year when Branch County’s rate was nearly two points higher at 9.7%.