(JACKSON) – Jobless rates dropped around Southwest Michigan during the month of March.
Information released by the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives shows the jobless rate in St. Joseph County dropped three-tenths of a percent from 6.8 to 6.5. One year ago, the county's jobless rate was at 7.9 percent.
Branch County's jobless rate dropped from 8.4 to 7.7 percent, which is better than the March 2013 jobless rate for Branch County which was at 8.8 percent.
Cass County also saw a drop in their jobless rate from 8.3 percent in February to 7.9 percent in March. One year ago it was at 8.6 percent.
Statewide, the jobless rate for March was an even 8 percent, down from 8.5 percent in February. In March 2013, the statewide jobless rate was 9.2 percent.
Labor Market Analyst Leonidas Murembya says job additions outpaced the number of new job seekers in March, resulting in a decline of unemployment rates by an average of four-tenths of a percentage point. Seasonal employment gains were recorded in construction, leisure and hospitality and professional and business services.