Skip to main content
Bridge Michigan
Michigan’s nonpartisan, nonprofit news source

How is Michigan's economy doing? Check out Bridge’s new Economic Dashboard.

Economic Dashboard
This glimpse of Bridge’s new Michigan Economic Dashboard shows the progress over time of two of many measures important to the state’s economy. (Bridge Michigan)

We learned this week that Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in February, a far cry from the 22.7 percent that the state experienced in the early days of the pandemic, but still below the national rate.

Unemployment is but one measure of the state’s economic health and business climate. Other measures include the number of people now looking for work, the number of available jobs and — particularly in Michigan — how many people are buying new cars and trucks.


Bridge Michigan this week launched a new tool to help readers keep track of this data and more: The Michigan Economic Dashboard, which can be found on our Business Watch topic page.


It was created by Paula Gardner, business editor, and Mike Wilkinson, data reporter, as a means to keep track of many important elements of our changing economy.

The dashboard can help answer questions like: Are more Michigan residents back to work? Are they making more money? Are housing values rising or falling? Is Michigan keeping pace with the nation, and other nearby states?

The dashboard also can raise questions we expect to answer in our reporting over the coming year. Why, for instance, is Indiana’s unemployment rate so much lower than Michigan’s? 

We will update the tracker as new information arrives. We may add a one-time glimpse into a slice of the economy. We will begin to review the performance of Michigan-based public companies. The dashboard will pull in data from the state and other sources, such as the Federal Reserve, and will be updated as fresh data arrives. 

Please check it out, let us know what we’re missing, what can be improved, and what you want more of. We’re eager to get your feedback. Please email or with your thoughts and questions.

How impactful was this article for you?

Business Watch

Covering the intersection of business and policy, and informing Michigan employers and workers on the long road back from coronavirus.

Thanks to our Business Watch sponsors.

Support Bridge's nonprofit civic journalism. Donate today.

Only donate if we've informed you about important Michigan issues

See what new members are saying about why they donated to Bridge Michigan:

  • “In order for this information to be accurate and unbiased it must be underwritten by its readers, not by special interests.” - Larry S.
  • “Not many other media sources report on the topics Bridge does.” - Susan B.
  • “Your journalism is outstanding and rare these days.” - Mark S.

If you want to ensure the future of nonpartisan, nonprofit Michigan journalism, please become a member today. You, too, will be asked why you donated and maybe we'll feature your quote next time!

Pay with VISA Pay with MasterCard Pay with American Express Pay with PayPal Donate Now