Economy

3:27 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

SW Michigan Economy Grows, Slowly

Long says unemployment in the Kalamazoo area has dropped one-and-a-half points over the last year.
KALAMAZOO, MI - When a lot of jobs are lost, everyone notices, economist Brian Long says. But we don't notice slow growth - jobs created one, two or 10 at a time, he said.
The Michigan Dream
12:01 am
Thu July 24, 2014

WSW: Does the Michigan Dream Require a Tax Increase?

Michigan flag - file photo
Credit IStock/Katherine Welles

A new interactive report calls for a greater investment in Michigan's infrastructure, education arts and environment. 

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6:17 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Holland Area Plant Closing, Jobs Going to Mexico

Mammoth Incorporated will close Holland Township plant in September
In the midst of economic rebirth throughout much of Michigan, particularly in the Holland area, it's rare to hear a midsize manufacturing plant is shutting down and exporting all of its jobs to Mexico for what its parent company refers to as "strategic and competitive reasons."Yet, that's precisely what is happening at Mammoth Inc.
6:46 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Battle Creek Launches Program to Reduce Downtown Vacancy Rate

Rental support will be provided in exchange for businesses maintaining specific hours and participating in training and mentoring
Development officials have launched a new program to help retail businesses open shop in the heart of the city as they look for creative ways to fill up downtown Battle Creek's vacant storefronts. Tuesday, Battle Creek Unlimited's Downtown Partnership unveiled its Retail Acceleration Program.
6:08 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Report Has Troubling Signs for Calhoun County Workforce

Upjohn Institute finds low labor force participation rate
Forty percent of Calhoun County's working-age residents don't have a job and aren't looking for one, according to data released by the Kalamazoo-based W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Using the average of data from 2010 to 2012, the institute reported that the county has a 60.4 percent labor participation rate.

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