Southwest Michigan unemployment rates went up slightly from September to October.
Information released by the Department Of Technology, Management and Budget shows that St. Joseph County's unemployment rate rose from 3.2 percent in September to 3.3 percent in October. One year ago, the County's unemployment rate was at 4.1 percent.
The largest increase in the area was in Branch County, which went up from 3.3 to 3.5 percent. Cass County remained the same at 3.4 percent while Hillsdale County went from 3.3 to 3.4 percent.
Dr. Leonidas Murembya, State Coordinator Of Regional Economic Research says in October, the Education sector returned to full staffing. In addition, seasonal job cuts continued to be recorded in Construction and Mining, along with Leisure and Hospitality.