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Jobs are plentiful and wages are booming in Michigan. No ... really.

March 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

By definition, Michigan is at full employment. But job growth remains a key election issue and uncertain remains.

See what jobs are paying in your Michigan region

March 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Not all jobs are created equal in Michigan. Use this interactive graphic to explore what the growth of jobs, by pay, throughout the state.

Michigan’s economy is bigger than ever. Now is the time to diversify

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The long nightmare is over. Michigan is outpacing the nation in growth. But experts say changes still are necessary to avert a deep plunge for the inevitable next recession.

See what industries are fueling economy in your Michigan area

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Curious about job and economic growth in your areas? (Note: The data on GDP is only available by metropolitan regions. There are none north of Midland in Michigan) Click on a region to see more information

Ten things that might surprise you about Michigan’s economy

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Is manufacturing really driving the Motor City? What’s hurting Bay City? Michigan’s economy is changing fast. Here’s some highlights.

Where they stand: Michigan governor candidates’ plan to grow the economy

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine asked eight candidates for their plans to diversify Michigan’s economy and grow jobs. All agree there’s work to be done.

Slideshow: Michigan's regional economies ranked by growth since 2009.

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

  Explore changes in economic output, jobs and other factors over the years in Michigan regions.

Residents are moving again. That’s good news for Michigan’s economy.

December 19, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

(See maps) Moving vans are more likely to take folks between counties and regions, an internal migration that’s a positive sign for Michigan.

The disappearing cashier. And why Michigan should worry.

August 17, 2017 | Alexandra Schmidt

As service and office jobs are lost to automation, will Michigan workers have the skills that will be valued in the future?

If you don’t want to lose your job to a robot, don’t think like one

August 17, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Jobs will undoubtedly be lost to artificial intelligence, and others gained. The trick will be to craft policy to help as many people who lost jobs to find new ones.  

Four tips for staying employed in the age of artificial intelligence

August 17, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Spoiler alert: Use your head. It’s still better than a robot’s.

100 workers recalled. Then they all flunked their drug tests.

July 18, 2017 | Chad Selweski

Michigan companies can’t fill jobs because too many people have opioids or pot in their systems. Is the answer more testing? Or none?

Cut taxes vs public investment: What Michigan’s fiscal tug of war means to you

May 9, 2017 | John Bebow, Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Lawmakers want a tax cut. The governor wants billions more for schools, roads and water safety. Are we taxed too little or too much? We explain what it all means to you – in 11 bite-sized reports.

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