Economy

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Michigan’s monthly jobless rate is unchanged at 5.5 percent. That’s well below the 7.1 percent rate from this time a year ago. 

WMUK

Unemployment in both the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets was down over one-percent in May, compared to year ago levels. 

WMUK

Michigan’s unemployment rate edged upward very slightly since last month to 5.5 percent. That’s still one and eight-tenths of a percentage point below where the jobless rate was at this time last year. 

Robbie Feinberg

Holland’s Westshore shopping mall has had a rough past decade or so: foreclosures, mismanagement, fleeing tenants. To top it off, consumers appear to be moving away from big, enclosed malls like Westshore. Now, one developer is trying to transform the property by flipping it inside out.


The Southwest Michigan Labor Market analysis reported the jobless rate decreased in April. Early spring hiring and fewer jobseekers are cited as the cause for the decrease. Unemployment rates were down throughout all metro counties by an average of eight-tenths of a percentage point. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

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