Economy

Unemployment rates for both the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets have dropped more than two percentage points in March compared to a year ago. 

(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6 percent. That’s a reduction of three-tenths of a percentage point, which is a bigger-than-usual adjustment. 

Membership in the UAW is the highest it has been since 2008, according to the organization’s annual labor report. The union grew by three percent in the past year, reaching just over 400,000 members. (WDET)

LANSING, MI -- Personal income in Michigan rose 4 percent in 2014, but Michiganders still lag behind those in other states on income per capita. That's according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, which released its report on personal income by state this week. (MLive)

LANSING, MI -- The state's unemployment rate in January clocked in at 6.3 percent, down a tenth of a percentage from December's rate of 6.4 percent. The numbers come from the Department of Technology Management and Budget, which tracks the state's unemployment numbers over time. The January 2015 unemployment rate was significantly lower than the unemployment rate in January 2014, which was 7.9 percent. (MLive)

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