Economy

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People need jobs. Factories need workers. Busing, a love story.

May 10, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A partnership is connecting poor, hard-to-employ Flint residents with a factory hungry for workers in Howell. How a public-private transportation program is helping both sides thrive.

In an improving economy, Michigan workers’ part-time blues

April 5, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Even as Michigan's unemployment rate falls below 5 percent, some 300,000 workers seeking full-time jobs are stuck with part-time paychecks

With gas prices falling, should the state start collecting taxes for roads now?

January 14, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

November's tortuous road-funding deal called for a raise in gas taxes beginning next year to help repair crumbling roads. But why not raise taxes this year, when gas prices are cheap, easing the tax burden in 2017? Lansing, that’s why

The graying of Michigan farmers, and what they will leave behind

November 5, 2015 | Ron French

More than a third of Michigan farms are operated by farmers over 65. What happens when they retire?

Interactive map: How old are YOUR farmers?

November 5, 2015 | Bridge Staff

As Michigan farmers age, farmland is more likely to be concentrated in the hands of fewer people in the future. See how farmers in your county are aging.

Michigan’s stumbling middle class

August 13, 2015 | Ron French

Think you’ve got it tougher your parents did? You’re right.

Interactive map: See how much the middle class has lost in your county

August 13, 2015 | Bridge Staff

See how much ground the middle class has lost in every Michigan county since buying power peaked, in an interactive map that confirms what you’ve feared when you pay your monthly bills.

Lawmakers to big box stores: Pay your fair share of taxes!

August 11, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Legislators want to stop big box retailers from using a controversial tax strategy that is cutting their property tax payments in half; a maneuver that small towns say is crushing their budgets and spreading to other businesses.

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.

Jobs get even scarcer in rural Michigan

May 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan rural counties struggle with jobs loss.

Slideshow: Worst counties for job growth (2005 - 2013)

May 14, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Here are the worst counties for job growth in Michigan, 2005 - 2013

Slideshow: Best counties for job growth (2005 - 2013)

May 14, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Here are the best counties in Michigan for job growth, 2005 - 2013

Slideshow: Worst counties for total jobs added (2005 - 2013)

May 14, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Here are the top ten worst counties for total jobs performance, 2005 - 2013

Slideshow: Best counties for total jobs added (2005 - 2013)

May 14, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Here are the top ten best counties for total jobs performance, 2005 - 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.

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

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 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 wages (September 2014)

May 12, 2015 | Bridge Staff

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

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.

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