Economy & competitive position

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

In an improving economy, Michigan workers’ part-time blues

Even as Michigan's unemployment rate falls below 5 percent, some 300,000 workers seeking full-time jobs are stuck with part-time paychecks.

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With gas prices falling, should the state start collecting taxes for roads now?

November's tortuous road-funding deal called for a raise in gas taxes beginning next year to help repair crumbling roads. But why not raise taxes this year, when gas prices are cheap, easing the tax burden in 2017? Lansing, that’s why.

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The graying of Michigan farmers, and what they will leave behind

More than a third of Michigan farms are operated by farmers over 65. What happens when they retire?




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Interactive map: How old are YOUR farmers?

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.




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Michigan’s stumbling middle class

Think you’ve got it tougher your parents did? You’re right.




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Interactive map: See how much the middle class has lost in your county

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.




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Lawmakers to big box stores: Pay your fair share of taxes!

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.




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Jobs flooding to West Michigan, though wages still lag

West Michigan leads the way in Michigan jobs recovery, while the state as a whole still trails the nation.

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Jobs get even scarcer in rural Michigan

Michigan rural counties struggle with jobs loss.




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Slideshow: Worst counties for job growth (2005 – 2013)

Here are the worst counties for job growth in Michigan, 2005 – 2013




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Slideshow: Best counties for job growth (2005 – 2013)

Here are the best counties in Michigan for job growth, 2005 – 2013




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Slideshow: Worst counties for total jobs added (2005 – 2013)

Here are the top ten worst counties for total jobs performance, 2005 – 2013




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Slideshow: Best counties for total jobs added (2005 – 2013)

Here are the top ten best counties for total jobs performance, 2005 – 2013.




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Michigan’s jobs rebound also brings a lower paycheck

Michigan, a pioneer of the American middle class, is adding jobs but wages have fallen below the national average in the past decade.

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Slideshow: Best counties for wage gains (1990 – 2013)

Here are the best counties for average wage gains, adjusted for inflation, from 1990 – 2013




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Slideshow: Worst counties for wage losses (1990 – 2013)

Here are the worst counties for average wage losses, adjusted for inflation, from 1990 – 2013




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Slideshow: Best counties for wages (September 2014)

Here are the best counties for average weekly wages as of September, 2014




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Slideshow: Worst counties for wages (September 2014)

Here are the worst counties for average weekly wages, as of September, 2014




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