"Michigan may be gaining jobs faster than much of the rest of the nation, but those new jobs aren’t making the state a prosperous place to live, according to a study released Monday." (Detroit News)

"Michigan's unemployment rate held steady at 5% in October, equal to the national rate, state officials announced Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was much improved from Michigan's official 6.6% rate a year earlier in October 2014." (Detroit Free Press)

The latest report on West Michigan’s economy shows slow growth continued last month. 

"ALLEGAN, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder says a hostile takeover of Perrigo Co. would be devastating for Allegan County and a setback for Michigan." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A lot of people visit Grand Rapids just for its craft beer - to the tune of a $12.23 million economic impact. A recent study commissioned by marketing group Experience Grand Rapids concluded that more than 42,000 beer tourists visit the city annually, spending $7.05 million directly at craft breweries. Of those visitors, more than 13,000 are from outside Michigan. (MLive)