Stories tagged: "unemployment"


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Job Numbers Are Up in Michigan, Even Despite Difficult Economic Circumstances

Michigan’s economy has improved at one of the best rates in the country. But what’s being done about inflation and gas prices? 

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Michigan Adds 27,000 Jobs; Unemployment Claims Down 40% 

The US economy added 467,000 jobs in January, following 1.1 million added in November and December. More than six in 10 Michiganders believe the state’s job market is strong.

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New Poll: 63% of Michiganders Are Feeling the Economic Boom and Stronger Job Market

Michigan added nearly 40,000 jobs in 2021, and the state’s unemployment rate fell dramatically. Economists and policy experts attribute the economic boom, in part, to President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

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Why MSU’s Empty Cafeterias Show Gen Z, Others Are Looking for Different Workstyles

Just step inside the dining halls at Michigan State, and you’ll see a trend across the state: People aren’t returning to work. That’s despite a good economy.

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
Michigan’s Plan to Reignite the Economy Addresses the Real Cause of the Labor Shortage

The real reason businesses struggle to hire during the economic recovery has little to do with direct COVID relief and a lot to do with poor wages and working conditions.

A woman takes walk with a dog in front of the closing signs displayed in a store's window front in Niles, Ill., Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
COVID Relief Is a Lifesaver for Out-of-Work Michiganders. That Matters in a Big Way.

It’s more than $300 boosts and tax-free income. For these out-of-work Michigan women, Biden’s plan is peace of mind.

Liza Estlund Olson, the acting director for Michigan's unemployment system.
The Woman Responsible for Fixing Michiganders’ Unemployment System

Fixing Michigan's unemployment system while the future of pandemic relief is uncertain is a tall order, but Liza Estlund Olson hopes to rise to the occasion.