More Jobs, Less Pay

The news that Michigan’s unemployment rate fell below 6 percent in February rose like a beacon across the state. It was the lowest it had been in 14 years and signaled that Michigan is no longer among states with the worst unemployment; a burden the state carried for much of the past decade.

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State struggles to boost lives of the working poor

May 12, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Four-in-10 Michigan families can’t afford life’s basics, according to a report by the United Way. The report contends that helping struggling workers will ultimately benefit the state as a whole.

State struggles to boost lives of the working poor

May 12, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Four-in-10 Michigan families can’t afford life’s basics, according to a report by the United Way. The report contends that helping struggling workers will ultimately benefit the state as a whole.

Slideshow: Worst counties for wages (September 2014)

May 12, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Here are the worst counties for average weekly wages, as of September, 2014

Slideshow: Best counties for wages (September 2014)

May 12, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Here are the best counties for average weekly wages as of September, 2014

Slideshow: Worst counties for wage losses (1990 - 2013)

May 12, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Here are the worst counties for average wage losses, adjusted for inflation, from 1990 – 2013

Slideshow: Best counties for wage gains (1990 - 2013)

May 12, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Here are the best counties for average wage gains, adjusted for inflation, from 1990 - 2013

Michigan’s jobs rebound also brings a lower paycheck

May 12, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan, a pioneer of the American middle class, is adding jobs but wages have fallen below the national average in the past decade.

Jobs get even scarcer in rural Michigan

May 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan rural counties struggle with jobs loss.

Jobs flooding to West Michigan, though wages still lag

May 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

West Michigan leads the way in Michigan jobs recovery, while the state as a whole still trails the nation.