Economy

Medicaid expansion
8:47 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Medicaid expansion stalled in state Senate

State Capitol - File photo
Credit Melissa Benmark, WKAR

Update: The Senate has adjourned without a vote on Medicaid expansion (MLive story)

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SW Michigan
1:42 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Kalamazoo gets good economic start in 2013

Credit WMUK

A new report says the economy in the Kalamazoo area got off to a good start in 2013. The Upjohn Employment Research Institute says 1,300 jobs were added in Kalamazoo County during the first three months of the year. That’s an increase of one percent.

The Institute’s latest issue of its Business Outlook for West Michigan says most of the increase was in service jobs, not manufacturing.

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Southwest Michigan economy
7:15 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Latest economic numbers strong for Southwest Michigan, not as good nationally

File photo of auto supplier American Axle and Manufacturing in Three Rivers
Credit WMUK

    

A new report on Southwest Michigan's economy shows strong numbers, largely driven by higher auto sales. 

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6:59 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Economists say Michigan's job and tax revenues improve

Lead in text: 
Governor Snyder wants one-time infusion of revenue to go into state's rainy day fund or to pay for road and bridge repairs
Lansing - Michigan is forecast to reach a pre-recession jobless rate of 6.9 percent in three years, while the state is reaping a multimillion-dollar tax windfall from investors who sold off stock last year in anticipation of higher tax rates.
8:58 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Michigan's jobless rate at lowest point since 2008

Lead in text: 
Michigan jobless rate was 9% in March of last year. The national jobless rate was 7.6% last month
Michigan's unemployment rate took a healthy drop in March to 8.5%, down three-tenths of a percentage point as the state's labor force expanded slightly. More new workers were recorded than unemployed people, meaning the drop was due to actual gains in employment, not simply discouraged workers leaving the workforce, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

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