7:56 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Report Finds Stable Growth Continues Among Manufacturers in Southwest Michigan

Slow job growth and drop in unemployment rate continues
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo-area economy continued to grow through June, but not as fast as consumers, job-seekers and economists would probably like. "Growth remains stable much as it has been for the last five years," said economist Brian Long, "but the growth continues to be very slow compared with recoveries from previous recessions.
6:16 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Future of Michigan's Film Credit Uncertain

Law which provides incentives set to lapse in three years
The budget signed by Gov. Rick Snyder last week seems like an upbeat script for Michigan film incentives. The amount for fiscal 2015 - $50 million for film, TV and digital projects - is keeping the state on the entertainment industry's radar.
6:23 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Cost of Living Up in Southwest Michigan

Region still compares favorably to rest of country
You're not imagining it if you think it's getting more expensive to live in Southwest Michigan.
6:10 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Michigan Jobless Rate Up Slightly to 7.5% in May

But the size of the state's labor force grew last month
LANSING, MI -- Michigan's unemployment rate is back on the rise after eight straight months of decline. The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate ticked up from 7.4 percent to 7.5 percent in May, according to data released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.
7:01 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Economist Says Southwest Michigan's Economy Should Remain Steady for Rest of Year

Brian Long sees pattern of slow growth
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Don't expect a lot of drama in the area's industrial economy during the second half of 2014. But don't expect a lot of excitement either, says local economist Brian Long, who surveys West Michigan manufacturers each month.