"Calhoun County saw its unemployment rate drop for the third consecutive month in December to 3.9 percent despite the area losing 300 nonfarm payroll jobs due to seasonal job cuts, according to state data released Thursday." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

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