Despite some seasonal issues, trends in the labor market in West Michigan are generally positive, the state government said Thursday.
The Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives said the unemployment rate in all three West Michigan metropolitan areas -- Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon -- rose seasonally.
The department said payroll jobs in Grand Rapids declined by 3.3 percent in July. In Muskegon, payroll jobs were relatively flat, with a decrease of 0.3 percent. For Holland, employment levels decreased slightly by 0.7 percent.
Although there have been some short-term issues, the bureau said the broad trends were encouraging.
"Despite these labor market movements in July, changes seen since July 2013 were generally positive in West Michigan," the bureau said.