Economy

7:49 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Poll Shows Support for Raising Michigan's Minimum Wage

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Group needs 258,000 signatures to put proposal to raise state minimum wage on November ballot
LANSING - A new poll suggests 65% of Michigan voters support a ballot proposal to hike the state's minimum wage from $7.40 to $10.10 an hour. Results of the poll of 600 likely voters, conducted March 9 and Monday, were released to the Free Press by Lambert, Edwards & Associates, which conducted the poll along with Denno Research.
7:39 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Examination of Spending and Results for Battle Creek's Non-Profits

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Part of Enquirer's on-going "granting wishes" series
For years, community advocates, service providers and others have quietly complained of a disconnect: This community is rich in charitable resources but continuously posts some of the worst statistics in the state. People complain of duplicative efforts, of "siloed" organizations who fail to effectively collaborate, of top-heavy initiatives that fail to engage people at the grassroots level.
7:47 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Manufacturing Economy, Slow, but Improving in West Michigan

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Long's report for February shows slight improvement over January
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - West Michigan's manufacturing climate was "still slow, but improving" in February, according to economist Brian Long, director of supply chain research for Grand Valley State University.
6:48 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Continued Growth Expected for Michigan Tourism Industry

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Tourism is on a four year rebound in Michigan
More visitors than ever are coming to Michigans northern woods, sun-kissed beaches and bustling southeastern cities, contributing to a multibillion-dollar industry thats expected to grow as the state begins advertising more in Canada, Europe and China. Michigan tourism experienced a banner year in 2013, buoyed by record-high hotel occupancy rates from Marquette to Monroe.
8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Michigan unemployment rate drops to lowest point since 2008

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Jobless rate is a full percentage point lower than it was in January of last year
LANSING, MI -- Michigan's unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in January, down from 8.3 percent in December. The numbers, released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, are the lowest since May 2008. Total employment rose by 32,000 from December to January, according to the department, while the total number of unemployed declined by 20,000.

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