How are folks doing in your community?
Researchers for the Michigan Association of United Ways have compiled a community-by-community look at how many households struggle to meet basic survival needs of housing, food, childcare and transportation. Using Census data, the United Way estimates that 24 percent of Michigan households are "asset limited, income constrained, employed," who many used to consider the "working poor." You can see how many fall into the ALICE category in your community or county.
The rise and fall of Michigan wages
Most Michigan counties saw wages rise in the 1990s, only to see them steadily fall in the last 15 years as good-paying jobs were replaced by lower-paying, less-skilled positions. Total wages reflect value of all wages in a county in a given year. All figures are inflation-adjusted to 2015 dollars.