An improvement in the local unemployment rate

February’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was two-tenths of a percent lower than one month previous.
The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 4.1 percent February unemployment rate marked a decrease from January’s 4.3 percent.
St. Joseph County remained below the state unemployment average, which was 5.7 percent in February.
The agency said seasonal job gains in government, education and health services contributed to the February job-market figures.
St. Joseph County featured the lowest unemployment rate in the region in February. At 4.2 percent, Kalamazoo County had the second lowest.
Berrien County was the region’s highest, at 5.8 percent.
Cass County’s unemployment rate for the month was 5.5 percent, a two-tenths of a percent increase from January.

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