Regional Economic Trends Archive

Branch County June 2022

The Trend: Branch County employment grew, experiencing an increase
of 151 jobs from Q3 2021 to Q4 2021. Between February and March,
the unemployment rate fell, while the labor force participation rate and the employment-to-population ratio both increased. This is likely a sign
that unemployed individuals are reentering the labor force and finding work. Job postings were higher in March than in February, with retail sales associate and retail store manager as the most in-demand positions.


Calhoun County June 2022

The Trend: Calhoun County employment increased from Q3 2021 to Q4 2021 by 636 jobs. Between February and March, the unemployment rate fell, while the labor force participation rate and the employment- to-population ratio both increased. This is likely a sign that unemployed individuals are reentering the labor force and finding work. Job postings were higher in March than in February, with registered nurse as the job most in demand.


Kalamazoo County June 2022

The Trend: Kalamazoo County added 1,480 jobs from Q3 2021 to Q4 2021. Between February and March, the unemployment rate fell, while the labor force participation rate and the employment-to-population ratio both increased. This is likely a sign that unemployed individuals are reentering the labor force and finding work. Job postings were higher in March than in February, with registered nurse as the job most in demand.


St. Joseph County June 2022

The Trend: St. Joseph County lost 138 jobs from Q3 2021 to Q4 2021. Between February and March, the unemployment rate fell, while the labor force participation rate and the employment-to-population ratio both increased. This is likely a sign that unemployed individuals are reentering the labor force and finding work. Job postings were higher in March than in February, with registered nurse as the job most in demand.

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Branch County May 2022

The Trend: Branch County employment grew, experiencing an increase of 217 jobs from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021. Between January and February, the unemployment rate and the labor force participation rate increased, and the employment-to-population ratio was unchanged. This is likely a sign that unemployed individuals are still looking for work. Job postings were higher in February than in January, with retail sales associate as the most in-demand position.


Calhoun County May 2022

The Trend: Calhoun County employment increased from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021 by 322 jobs. Between January and February, the unemployment rate was unchanged, and the employment-to-population rate and labor force participation rate both increased. This is likely a sign that people are reentering the labor force and finding work. Job postings were lower in February than in January, with registered nurse as the most in-demand job.


Kalamazoo County May 2022

The Trend: Kalamazoo County added 1,497 jobs from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021. Between January and February, the unemployment rate, labor force participation rate, and employment-to-population ratio all increased. This is likely a sign that unemployed individuals are reentering the labor force and looking for work. Job postings were lower in February than in January, with registered nurse as the most in-demand job.


St. Joseph County May 2022

The Trend: St. Joseph County gained 275 jobs from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021. From January to February, the labor force participation rate and the employment-to-population ratio increased, while the unemployment rate held steady. This is likely a sign that unemployed individuals are reentering the labor force. Job postings were lower in February than in January, with retail sales associate as the most in-demand job.

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Branch County April 2022

The Trend: Branch County employment grew, experiencing an increase of 217 jobs from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021. Between December and January, the unemployment rate increased and the labor force participation rate and employment-to-population ratio decreased. This is likely a sign that unemployed individuals are still looking for work or leaving the labor force. Job postings were lower in January than in December, with phlebotomist as the most in-demand position.


Calhoun County April 2022

The Trend: Calhoun County employment increased from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021 by 322 jobs. Between December and January, the unemployment rate and the labor force participation rate both increased while the employment-to-population rate decreased. This is likely a sign that unemployed individuals are still looking for work. Job postings were
higher in January than in December, with registered nurse as the most
in-demand job.