Unemployment rates have dropped more than one-percentage point in both the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets over the last year. 

LANSING, MI -- Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stands at 5.1 percent as of August, a 0.2 percentage point drop from July's 5.3 percent posting." (MLive)


The state agency responsible for handling the Pure Michigan campaign and other economic development activities is shrinking. 


The latest survey of business leaders in West Michigan finds economic growth slowed as summer neared its end. 

"President Barack Obama will visit Macomb Community College in Warren Wednesday to speak about the importance of skills in getting jobs. Obama has made community college a major part of his education agenda. And Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has made the promotion of a skilled workforce a major part of his second-term policy priorities. (Detroit News)