Brian Long

Economy
11:54 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Report Finds Moderate Industrial Growth Continues in West Michigan

Credit WMUK

The latest report on the manufacturing economy in West Michigan finds growth continues to be moderate. 

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7:56 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Report Finds Stable Growth Continues Among Manufacturers in Southwest Michigan

Slow job growth and drop in unemployment rate continues
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo-area economy continued to grow through June, but not as fast as consumers, job-seekers and economists would probably like. "Growth remains stable much as it has been for the last five years," said economist Brian Long, "but the growth continues to be very slow compared with recoveries from previous recessions.
7:01 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Economist Says Southwest Michigan's Economy Should Remain Steady for Rest of Year

Brian Long sees pattern of slow growth
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Don't expect a lot of drama in the area's industrial economy during the second half of 2014. But don't expect a lot of excitement either, says local economist Brian Long, who surveys West Michigan manufacturers each month.
7:47 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Manufacturing Economy, Slow, but Improving in West Michigan

Long's report for February shows slight improvement over January
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - West Michigan's manufacturing climate was "still slow, but improving" in February, according to economist Brian Long, director of supply chain research for Grand Valley State University.
7:44 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Report Shows Employment Up, but Companies Looking for Skilled Workers

Economist Brian Long says a lack of workers may limit expansion
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The good news for the Kalamazoo economy is that employment is rising and unemployment is falling, says Kalamazoo-based economist Brian Long. The bad news? "Right now we still have companies that are looking for people but they can't find people with the technical skills that they need to hire," said Long, who produces a monthly report for the National Association of Purchasing Management.

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