6:48 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Economist sees positive job outlook for Southwest Michigan

Lead in text: 
Brian Long sees slow growth for regional economy
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Economist Brian Long readily acknowledges the challenges in the Michigan job market, including the continuing decline in manufacturing and the skills gap between available jobs and those seeking work. But he also says the outlook for West Michigan for the next decade is "fairly positive."
8:36 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Michigan unemployment rate drops slightly in November

Lead in text: 
But total employment fell by 7,000
LANSING - Michigan's jobless rate inched down to 8.8 percent in November, after remaining at 9 percent since August. It's the first monthly drop in the state unemployment rate since April, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. But total employment actually fell by 7,000 over the month while the number of unemployed dropped by 10,000.
6:57 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Michigan unemployment rate remains at 9%

Lead in text: 
State added 3,000 net jobs in September and October
The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget said total employment, the number of unemployed and the state's labor force were little changed over the August to October period. The report, normally issued monthly, covered two months this time due to the interruption caused by the recent federal government shutdown.
6:55 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Slow growth continues for industrial economy in Kalamazoo

Lead in text: 
Brian Long says part of problem may a lack of qualified applicants for some jobs
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The industrial economy in Kalamazoo continues to grow slowly, a local economist says. "That's pretty much the case for Kalamazoo and West Michigan as well," said Brian Long, who is director of Supply Chain Management Research at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids but is based in Kalamazoo.
4:05 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Economic recovery continues in northern Indiana

Lead in text: 
But growth still slow along border with Michigan
The Elkhart economy has been growing faster than almost any other area of the nation since the Great Recession reached its trough in 2009, but the county still hasn't rebounded to the point where it was before the downturn started in 2007.