Economy

6:15 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Calhoun County Unemployment Rate Down Compared to Year Ago

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Seasonally unadjusted jobless rate for Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties were also lower in April than last year
Calhoun County’s unemployment rate dropped last month as the area saw a more than 15 percent increase in seasonal construction hiring, according to state data released Thursday. The Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information reported that Calhoun County had a 6 percent jobless rate in April. That’s lower than the area’s 7 percent rate in March and the 7.2 percent rate reported a year ago.
7:25 am
Thu May 22, 2014

State House Committee Could Vote on Minimum Wage Bill Thursday

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The Senate bill would increase state minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 by 2017
LANSING - A House committee will make changes to a Senate bill to hike Michigan's minimum wage to $9.20 an hour and may vote on the amended bill Thursday, the chairman of the Government Operations Committee said following a hearing Wednesday.
5:23 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid Dedicates New Facility in Kalamazoo

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Research and Design Facility will be located in Western Michigan University's Business, Technology and Research Park
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Easy access to talent and the support of business, government and education convinced Newell Rubbermaid to chose Kalamazoo over London, Milan, Chicago, Atlanta and other locales, its top executive said Monday. And the consumer and commercial products maker is looking to exploit those relationships to grow the design work it is now doing here.
6:29 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Michigan Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly in April

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Labor force grew by 11,000 last month
LANSING - Michigan's unemployment rate declined for the eighth consecutive month to 7.4 percent in April. That's down from 7.5 percent in March and 8.8 percent in April 2013, according to data released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.
12:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Report Shows Tourists spent $18.7-Billion in Michigan in 2013

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Pure Michigan is preparing to launch new $6.2-million summer regional advertising campaign
Tourism spending continues to grow in Michigan. Visitors spent $18.7 billion dollars in the Great Lakes State in 2013, according to a yearly report by D.K. Shifflet & Associates. That includes a record $13.8 billion in leisure travel spending. In 2012, visitors spent $18 billion in Michigan. In 2011, they spent $17.7 billion.

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