12:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Report Shows Tourists spent $18.7-Billion in Michigan in 2013

Pure Michigan is preparing to launch new $6.2-million summer regional advertising campaign
Tourism spending continues to grow in Michigan. Visitors spent $18.7 billion dollars in the Great Lakes State in 2013, according to a yearly report by D.K. Shifflet & Associates. That includes a record $13.8 billion in leisure travel spending. In 2012, visitors spent $18 billion in Michigan. In 2011, they spent $17.7 billion.
7:13 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Options Unveiled for Battle Creek's Festival Market Square

Site outside Kellogg Arena will be an outdoor event space
Architects unveiled three potential schemes for Festival Market Square that would reconfigure the area into an events and gathering space in downtown Battle Creek. Michael VanSchelven, senior project designer at Grand Rapids-based Integrated Architecture, explained the designs during a public session Wednesday.
6:33 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Jobless Rates Down in Most Counties for Month and Year

Kalamazoo County's seasonally unadjusted jobless rate was 7%, compared to 7.8% in March of last year
LANSING, MI - Unemployment fell in West Michigan in March, reflecting a statewide trend in which the number of jobless claims fell while total employment rose, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Unemployment fell to 6.0 percent in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming and the Holland - Grand Haven metropolitan areas, the agency reported on Thursday, April 24.
6:27 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Unemployment Down in Calhoun County

Payroll job growth was flat in March
Calhoun County unemployment improved last month as the area saw job gains in construction and educational and health services, according to state data released Thursday. The Bureau of Labor Market Information reported a 7 percent jobless rate for the county in March, down from 7.4 percent in February.
1:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Republican State Senator Proposes Minimum Wage Increase

Rick Jones' bill would increase minimum wage less than group gathering petition signatures for ballot proposal
LANSING - A Republican Senator introduced a bill to raise Michigan's minimum wage with hopes of preventing a larger wage hike in the form of a ballot proposal. State Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) on Thursday said he introduced a bill to increase the minimum wage from $7.40 an hour to $8.15 per hour.