LANSING, MI -- Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stands at 5.1 percent as of August, a 0.2 percentage point drop from July's 5.3 percent posting." (MLive)


The latest survey of business leaders in West Michigan finds economic growth slowed as summer neared its end. 

"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)