Economy

12:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

President Obama to Visit Ann Arbor Wednesday to Push Minimum Wage Increase

President wants Congress to boost minimum wage that was last raised in 2009
WASHINGTON - The White House this morning announced that President Barack Obama will deliver remarks on his proposal to raise the national minimum wage at the University of Michigan on Wednesday.
6:14 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Upjohn Institute Predicts Continued Job Growth Across West Michigan

Report predicts job growth close that what the region had a decade ago
Solid job growth should continue across West Michigan through 2015, although some markets will fare far better than others, according to the latest outlook from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Across West Michigan's six metropolitan markets, the organization forecasts job growth of 2.0 percent in 2014 and 2.1 percent in 2015.
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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.

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