A positive job outlook is in the cards for 2014 and 2015 for the six metro areas of West Michigan. The Kalamazoo-based Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is forecasting a 2% job growth for this year and 2.1% increase in 2015. While the next two years look positive for West Michigan as a whole, the Niles-Benton Harbor MSA is the area's weakest link. The Upjohn Institute is only projecting a 1% employment increase in this region in 2014 and 1.3% in 2015, after being flat in 2013. In the fourth quarter of 2013, goods-producing jobs in our area fell by 1% and construction employment fell 2.6%. There was a 6% jump in leisure and hospitality jobs.
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