Economy

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.
11:54 am
Mon April 21, 2014

UAW Drops Challenge of Appeal of Volkswagen Plant Vote in Tennessee

Statement from UAW President says complex process and political interference stood in the way of an appeal
Nashville, Tenn. The United Auto Workers is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagens assembly plant in Tennessee. In a Monday statement, the UAW says it will instead focus on a congressional investigation into an anti-unionization campaign by Republican politicians and outside groups.
11:44 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Treasury Secretary to Visit Detroit

Jack Lew oversaw the federal government's exit from General Motors last year
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will make a two-day trip to Detroit this week, the latest high-profile visit by the Obama administration to the Motor City working to exit bankruptcy. It comes as Treasury officials have been in talks with the city of Detroit about redirecting some foreclosure relief funds for blight removal a move that could indirectly soften the blow of pension cuts and other financial issues.
6:23 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Winter Damage to Fruit Trees Still Not Known

More should become apparent in next week or two
It is too soon to tell how well Southwest Michigan's fruit trees and vines survived the brutal winter. "Some did," said Jeff Lemon, who runs Lemon Creek Fruit Farm and Lemon Creek Winery near Berrien Springs with his brother, Tim Lemon.

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