County unemployment rate down

The August unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was 2.1 percent lower than the previous month.

The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 4.5 percent August unemployment rate marked a decrease from July’s 6.6 percent.

St. Joseph County was slightly above the state unemployment average, which was 4.2 percent in August.

The agency said the initial withdrawal of youth from the summer workforce and the partial recall of school support staff resulted in a noticeable fall of unemployment rates across the state.

Allegan County featured the lowest unemployment rate in the region in August, at 3.1 percent.

Meanwhile, Van Buren and St. Joseph counties had the region’s highest.

Cass County’s unemployment rate for the month was 4.5 percent.

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