Upjohn Institute

6:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Upjohn Institute Economist Says Calhoun County Has Bounced Back From Recession

Unemployment in the county reached 12% at one point, but most recent figure is 5.3%
Thanks to manufacturing, Calhoun County finally has bounced back from the recession. "It's cars," said George Erickcek, senior regional analyst at the Kalamazoo-based W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. "It's auto assembly plants, which we're doing extremely well in." "Calhoun County is a great place. Calhoun County is a competitive place to make auto components."
6:08 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Report Has Troubling Signs for Calhoun County Workforce

Upjohn Institute finds low labor force participation rate
Forty percent of Calhoun County's working-age residents don't have a job and aren't looking for one, according to data released by the Kalamazoo-based W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Using the average of data from 2010 to 2012, the institute reported that the county has a 60.4 percent labor participation rate.
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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9:40 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Upjohn Institute Economist predicts continued slow job growth in Calhoun County

George Erickcek says county jobs are still 1,500 short of pre-recession levels
George Erickcek expects at least another two years of growth for Calhoun County - but he cautioned that he has a track record of being too optimistic, too.
7:14 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Upjohn Institute economist projects strong economic growth in Ottawa County

George Erickcek predicts strong growth for next two years
A sellout crowd of local business leaders listened to economist George A. Erickcek explain Tuesday at the first West Coast Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast of the New Year that significant progress should continue to happen throughout Michigan in the next two years.