Economy

7:55 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Michigan Unemployment Rate Edged Down Again in February

State's jobless rate was 8.8% in February of last year
The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in Michigan notched down again in February, hitting a point last seen in spring 2008. The slight drop to 7.7% from 7.8% reflected an increase of 26,000 workers in the labor force over the month and a decline in the number of unemployed by 4,000, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.
7:49 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Poll Shows Support for Raising Michigan's Minimum Wage

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

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

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

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.

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