West Michigan economy

7:01 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Economist Says Southwest Michigan's Economy Should Remain Steady for Rest of Year

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Brian Long sees pattern of slow growth
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Don't expect a lot of drama in the area's industrial economy during the second half of 2014. But don't expect a lot of excitement either, says local economist Brian Long, who surveys West Michigan manufacturers each month.
6:14 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Upjohn Institute Predicts Continued Job Growth Across West Michigan

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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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7:47 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Manufacturing Economy, Slow, but Improving in West Michigan

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Long's report for February shows slight improvement over January
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - West Michigan's manufacturing climate was "still slow, but improving" in February, according to economist Brian Long, director of supply chain research for Grand Valley State University.