"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)

"Michigan added 10,000 jobs in December, but its unemployment rate held steady at 5.1%, as new entrants continued to flow into the labor force — drawn, perhaps, by the improving outlook for jobs." (Detroit Free Press)

The latest report on West Michigan’s economy finds it is flat and has turned slightly negative. 

Jobless rates in November were down about one-percent from year ago levels in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets. 

"For Natura Architectural Consulting LLC, business this year has exceeded expectations. Revenues are up at the Grand Rapids firm that had surpassed its growth goals for 2015 as of mid-November, and Natura continues to bring aboard new clients, said owner Nate Gillette. He expects business to stay strong for the foreseeable future." (MiBiz)