"President Barack Obama will visit Macomb Community College in Warren Wednesday to speak about the importance of skills in getting jobs. Obama has made community college a major part of his education agenda. And Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has made the promotion of a skilled workforce a major part of his second-term policy priorities. (Detroit News)


Unemployment rates in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets were down in July compared to a year ago. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI — People in Kalamazoo County are most concerned about poverty, homelessness and employment. Those were the three most significant social issues facing people who live in the county, according to responses in a recent Kalamazoo Community Foundation survey." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today announced he will nominate Kathryn Dominguez, 54, an economics and public policy professor at the University of Michigan, to join the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System." (Detroit Free Press)


Unemployment in both the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets was down over one-percent in May, compared to year ago levels.