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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.

Up North, isolation impedes health care for seniors

March 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

In far-flung rural Michigan, hardly anything is close by. It can be a problem for those in need of medical attention.

Poverty in paradise: Halting the exodus of young workers from northern Michigan

February 19, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

After growing up in Pure Michigan, millennials say they must leave a land they love to fulfill their career ambitions. Second of two parts.

How posh Aspen and Jackson Hole make housing affordable for year-round workers

February 19, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan’s northern resort counties could learn from these swanky ski towns in Colorado and Wyoming.

Postcards from paradise: A daughter of Petoskey finds homecoming a real page-turner

February 19, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Like lots of smart young natives, Katie Capaldi thought her destiny lay far from the northern Michigan town where she was raised. But she’s writing another chapter. Plus, five other looks at people and life Up North.

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