A new report says the economy in the Kalamazoo area got off to a good start in 2013. The Upjohn Employment Research Institute says 1,300 jobs were added in Kalamazoo County during the first three months of the year. That’s an increase of one percent.
The Institute’s latest issue of its Business Outlook for West Michigan says most of the increase was in service jobs, not manufacturing.
The report says employment growth in the Battle Creek area was not as robust during the first quarter, rising only 0.4 percent. According to Business Outlook, the economic forecast for the Kalamazoo area in coming months is cloudy because of mixed numbers reported in January, February, and March.