Unemployment rates have dropped in both the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets over the last year. 

"Michigan may be gaining jobs faster than much of the rest of the nation, but those new jobs aren’t making the state a prosperous place to live, according to a study released Monday." (Detroit News)

"Michigan's unemployment rate held steady at 5% in October, equal to the national rate, state officials announced Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was much improved from Michigan's official 6.6% rate a year earlier in October 2014." (Detroit Free Press)

The latest report on West Michigan’s economy shows slow growth continued last month. 

"ALLEGAN, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder says a hostile takeover of Perrigo Co. would be devastating for Allegan County and a setback for Michigan." (Kalamazoo Gazette)