Economy

Bridge will help lead Michigan’s transition into a diversified, 21st century economy.

Articles

A summer of despair for Michigan’s cherry growers

August 21, 2019 | Bob Campbell

For decades, the peninsulas of Old Mission and Leelanau have produced ideal conditions for tart cherries. But harsh weather, pesky bugs and Turkish imports are prompting farmers to reconsider their futures.

After 10 years of steady growth, Michigan’s economy faces headwinds

July 9, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan’s unemployment remains low and wages are coming back. But the auto industry is transforming, and trade and talent challenges persist across the state.

Michigan is No. 1! At getting old. That’s not good news.

June 20, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan has the most counties in the nation with a median age of 50 or older, according to U.S. Census figures released Thursday. The implications for the economy are dire.

Michigan incomes roar back. But the news isn’t good in Trump Country.

September 13, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

New Census data show Michigan incomes are rising, but falling in counties that flipped from Obama to Trump. Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer say the recovery isn’t coming fast enough.

As Trump pushes tariffs, Michigan farmers and businesses ‘getting clobbered’

July 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

From Michigan farmers to metal scrap recyclers to auto parts makers, trade wars on several fronts are taking a toll in a state uniquely reliant on foreign trade.

A trade war’s brewing, Michigan. Here are five things to know

July 27, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A flood of tariffs has thrust the United States into trade tussles with Canada, China and Mexico. Three top Michigan economists offer their takes.

Will ending union wages on Michigan public projects save money, or just lower pay?

June 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Bridge grilled two researchers on opposite sides of the prevailing wage debate on how its repeal will impact Michigan’s economy and skilled workers

What urban revival? In Michigan, residents still flock to suburbs

June 5, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Heard about how Millennials are going to save cities? More are moving to the suburbs, which fuel population growth throughout Michigan.

Ballot efforts to raise minimum wage, add paid sick leave beat state deadline

May 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Backers of the measures submitted statewide signatures gathered and now must wait to see if their signatures are approved to appear on the November ballot

Extra! Extra! costs: Michigan newspapers pinched by newsprint tariffs

May 16, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A steep import tax on Canadian newsprint could trigger fresh staff cuts, page cuts or worse at Michigan’s community newspapers, publishers warn.

Property values roar back in Michigan, but many communities left behind

May 10, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Tight tax laws put a crimp on Michigan municipalities even as property values finally climb.

Check out property values in your Michigan community (map)

May 10, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map and database to explore changes in market values in communities throughout Michigan from 2014-2017.

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.

Pages