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.
7:27 am
Mon June 2, 2014

UAW Delegates Meet Beginning Monday in Detroit

The most controversial proposal would increase the dues paid by union members
More than 1,100 UAW delegates from across the country will open the 36th UAW Constitutional Convention today at Cobo Center in Detroit to elect a set of leaders for the next four years. The delegates also will vote on a number of amendments and proposals, including a controversial dues increase.
6:15 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Calhoun County Unemployment Rate Down Compared to Year Ago

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.