WEST MICHIGAN — WEST MICHIGAN is a state in the United States. According to the most recent data from the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, most counties in West Michigan experienced a minor, seasonal uptick in unemployment for January.
At 3.4 percent, Ottawa County came in second in the state, up from 3.2 percent in December. It was a distant second behind Washtenaw County, which led the list with a 3.3 percent share.
Allegan County ranked 10th in the state with 4.2 percent, up from 3.7 percent. Kent County ranked third in the state with 3.7 percent, up from 3.5 percent. According to Wayne Rourke, associate director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, most regional markets showed similar increases.
Ionia County was rated 11th in the state, with a rate of 4.2 percent, up from 3.6 percent the year before.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the leisure and hospitality business added 118,000 jobs in the last year, the most of any industry. Despite this, employment in the industry is around 36,000 lower than it was before the outbreak.
Staffing shortages persist, notably in the foodservice business, where restaurants are reducing operating hours and days to retain people on the payroll.
However, the shortages haven’t stopped companies along the lakeside from getting serious about opening, with several restaurants set to open in early 2022 (Does Pizzeria; Nadine’s Fish, Tips and Wings) — with more (El Patron, Big E’s, Crumble Cookies, Boba Q, Playa Tacos and Tequilas) on the way.