Indicators such as increasing wages and strong U.S. auto sales lead to optimism

Long says unemployment in the Kalamazoo area has dropped one-and-a-half points over the last year.

University of Michigan economists predicted Michigan will add 65,000 jobs next year.

Decrease from July linked to seasonal changes. Jobless rate down slightly from a year ago

280 jobs were cut in Calhoun County in the second quarter of this year due to an “unexpected decline in its leisure and hospitality sector.”