County unemployment down

March’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was four-tenths of a percent lower than the previous month.

The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 3.7 percent March unemployment rate marked a decrease from February’s 4.1 percent.

St. Joseph County was below the state unemployment average, which was 4.6 percent in March.

The agency said seasonal job additions in construction, business services, and leisure and hospitality affected the jobless rate. Also, fewer job seekers were recorded, according to agency officials.

St. Joseph County featured the lowest unemployment rate in the region for the month, while Van Buren County had the region’s highest, at 6.3 percent.

Cass County’s unemployment rate for the month was 4.8 percent.

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