January unemployment rates for both the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets have dropped over the last year.
The State Department of Technology, Management and Budget says the seasonally unadjusted jobless rate for the Kalamazoo labor market was 4.1% in January. It was 5.8% in Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties a year ago. The Battle Creek labor market had an unemployment rate of 4.4%. The jobless rate in Calhoun County was 6% in January of last year.