Economy

8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Michigan unemployment rate drops to lowest point since 2008

Jobless rate is a full percentage point lower than it was in January of last year
LANSING, MI -- Michigan's unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in January, down from 8.3 percent in December. The numbers, released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, are the lowest since May 2008. Total employment rose by 32,000 from December to January, according to the department, while the total number of unemployed declined by 20,000.
1:03 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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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