Local unemployment rate shows a decrease

April’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County dropped by three-tenths of a percent from March.

The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget was released last week. It showed St. Joseph County’s unemployment rate fell from 4.9 percent in March to 4.6 percent in April.

The rate was 28.9 percent a year earlier, as April 2020 marked the first full month impacted by COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Cass County experienced a drop from 5.2 percent in March to 4.3 percent in April.

Branch County’s one-month unemployment rate went from 5 percent in March to 4.5 percent in April.

Michigan’s unemployment rate for April was 4.6 percent, down six-tenths of a percent from March.

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