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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Kent County and West Michigan led a state in Nov with a lowest stagnation rates and labor force growth, according to a Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

Unemployment fell to 3.5 percent in Kent County – tied with Washtenaw County for a lowest in a state. Kent County’s jobless rate was 4.0 percent in October, also a lowest in a state.

Meanwhile, Ottawa County and Barry County saw their jobless rates tumble to 3.8 percent – tied with Clinton County for third lowest in a state, according to a news expelled Tuesday, Dec. 30. Allegan County reported an stagnation rate of 4.0 percent while Ionia County stood during 4.3 percent.

The four-county Grand Rapids-Wyoming civil area, that includes Kent, Ionia, Barry and Newaygo counties, saw a sum jobless rate tumble to 3.7 percent, down from October’s rate of 4.2 percent and 5.6 percent in November, 2013.

While stagnation levels were down, a segment also reported clever expansion in a distance of a labor force and a series of persons employed.

The Grand Rapids-Wyoming area combined 3,000 new jobs in November, a 1.3 percent boost over Oct and a 7.6 percent boost over November, 2013. The segment upheld a sum of 407,200 jobs in November.

Ottawa County also reported clever pursuit expansion with 1,200 new jobs. Employment rose to 133,400 jobs in November, a 0.9 percent boost over Oct and a 7.4 percent boost over November, 2013.

Muskegon County reported an jobless rate of 5.0 percent in November, down from 5.5 percent in Oct and 7.7 percent one year earlier. Eight hundred new jobs were combined in November, lifting sum practice to 79,900 – a 1 percent boost over Oct and a 5 percent boost over Nov 2013.

Jobless rates were mostly unvaried in northwest Michigan during Nov as anniversary workers left a state, according to a state figures.

Statewide, a stagnation rate fell to 5.7 percent compared to 6.4 percent in Oct and 7.6 percent one year earlier. Job expansion was prosaic compared to Oct and adult 2.8 percent over Nov 2013.

“November was a auspicious month for many of a state’s internal labor markets,” pronounced Jason Palmer, executive of a Bureau of Labor Market Information Strategic Initiatives in a news release. “Although Michigan’s statewide jobless rate was rather above a inhabitant rate in November, a series of regions in a state displayed rates next a U.S. rate.”

The largest declines in stagnation were available in a Detroit-Warren-Livonia and Lansing-East Lansing labor markets with rates dropping by 1.1 percent and 1 percent respectively. The biggest advances in sum practice were posted in a Saginaw, Battle Creek, and Flint areas.

Jim Harger covers business for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email him during jharger@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google+.

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