Beth Harpaz / Associated Press

Web sites such as Airbnb make it easy to rent out your home. But you might end up in trouble with your local government. In some cities, zoning precludes short-term rentals. Others require inspections and a certificate for any would-be landlord.

That’s the case in the City of Kalamazoo, where one Airbnb has prompted a discussion within the city about the difference between a guest and a customer.

"Michigan's jobless rate inched up in November as more previously idle participants returned to the workforce seeking jobs. The one-tenth-of-a-point rise to 5.1% still left the rate at almost the lowest point in recent years. The national unemployment rate in November stood at 5% in November." (Detroit Free Press)

A new report shows the economy in West Michigan continued growing at a slow pace in November. 

Unemployment rates have dropped in both the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets over the last year. 

"Michigan may be gaining jobs faster than much of the rest of the nation, but those new jobs aren’t making the state a prosperous place to live, according to a study released Monday." (Detroit News)