The jobs picture is getting better in Michigan's Great Southwest. According to state labor officials, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for the Niles-Benton Harbor Metropolitan Statistical Area fell a half-percent from February to March and now stands at 8.3%. It's a sharp drop from the 9.5% jobless rate for Berrien County a year ago. Total employment rose 600 jobs in March, and the area has added 1,800 jobs in the last year. That's a 2.8% increase in total employment. The jobless rates fell in all 17 major labor market regions, with the sharpest decline coming in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia area at seven-tenths of a percent.
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