Economy

1:03 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Group Seeking Higher Minimum Wage Boosts Proposal to $10.10 an Hour

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Michigan last raised minimum wage to $7.40 an hour in 2008
LANSING - The group behind a proposed petition drive to raise Michigan's minimum wage has increased its request to $10.10 per hour. The group, called Raise Michigan, submitted language to the Secretary of State last week for a petition to initiate legislation to increase the state's minimum wage to $9.50 per hour by 2016.
3:22 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Charles River Laboratories to Close Operations in Portage

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The closure is expected to be completed by the fall
A global clinical research service company plans to shut down its operations in Southwest Michigan, citing a challenging market and decreased demand for its animal research models. Wilmington, Mass.-based Charles River Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: CRL) will close its plant at 9801 Shaver Road in Portage and lay off all 84 workers, according to a filing the company made with the state.
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7:44 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Report Shows Employment Up, but Companies Looking for Skilled Workers

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Economist Brian Long says a lack of workers may limit expansion
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The good news for the Kalamazoo economy is that employment is rising and unemployment is falling, says Kalamazoo-based economist Brian Long. The bad news? "Right now we still have companies that are looking for people but they can't find people with the technical skills that they need to hire," said Long, who produces a monthly report for the National Association of Purchasing Management.
Right to Work
9:18 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Mother Jones: right to work could spread beyond Michigan

Right to Work Protest in Lansing December, 2012
Credit Equality Michigan/Wikimedia Commons

Interview with Andy Kroll

When Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation making Michigan the 24th "right to work" state it was a blow to the labor movement. 

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9:40 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Upjohn Institute Economist predicts continued slow job growth in Calhoun County

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George Erickcek says county jobs are still 1,500 short of pre-recession levels
George Erickcek expects at least another two years of growth for Calhoun County - but he cautioned that he has a track record of being too optimistic, too.

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