Economy & competitive position

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Help Wanted: Yes, there really are 70,000 good jobs open

Well-paying jobs in manufacturing, health care and engineering are plentiful in Michigan, but our high school grads still lack the goods to grab them. Experts urge more focus on raising math and problem-solving skills.

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More money. More jobs?

Southeast Michigan is poised to get a share of $1.3 billion in U.S. economic development grants. Lisa Baragar Katz, executive director of the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeastern Michigan tells Bridge how the money should be spent.

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Cherry wars: The crazy economics of Michigan’s favorite pitted fruit

Cherries dumped in ditches? Polish imports? With the National Cherry Festival in full swing, one cherry producer is left with a sour taste.

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Among an influx of scholars, an emerging new face of Michigan

The state’s colleges and universities – and even its high schools – are magnets for international students. Can they be persuaded to stay?

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INTERACTIVE MAP – One state, many nations: In a new century, Michigan looks to its immigrants

A few facts about the newcomers, by the numbers

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Michigan residents below average in ‘real’ income

New federal income statistics allow workers and businesses to compare how far their paychecks will stretch in different cities and states.

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Tension on Au Sable and Manistee rivers

A conservation group squares off against Encana over frack drilling near a Michigan fly fishing haven.

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Michigan’s fracking bonanza challenges state regulators

Michigan has seen explosive growth in hydraulic fracturing, bringing a mix of high-paying jobs and environmental and health concerns to rural communities.

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Oil and gas is big business for Kalkaska County

Oil and gas field workers average $64,000 in Kalkaska County, a region where unemployment still tops 10 percent.

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Fracking’s Hollywood problem

One indelible image related to hydraulic fracturing – that of a homeowner setting his own water on fire – has dogged the fracking industry since the release of “Gasland,” a documentary.

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A divisive practice’s pros and cons

Fracking’s economic benefits are weighed against the potential risks to Michigan’s environment and public health.

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Book excerpt: An automaker survival guide in the age of driving light

Young adults are far more likely than past generations to opt for public transportation or ride sharing than to buy a car of their own, a trend carmakers have been slow to address. In this book excerpt, Micheline Maynard offers Ford, GM and their competitors a blueprint for remaining relevant and profitable.

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How the ‘car-light’ trend is changing Michigan, and the nation

If the rescue of Detroit automakers served as a thank you to President Obama’s political base, his embrace of alternative modes of transportation offers a gesture to the future.

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Road funding stalls as state elections near

Republican lawmakers don’t want to be seen as supporting tax increases. Democrats want to blame Gov. Snyder for Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure. The result: a shortage of lawmakers willing to lead the charge for better roads.

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Better roads boost economy, business groups say

Many in Michigan’s business community favor increasing fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, saying crumbling roads make it difficult to do business, and attract new businesses and visitors to the state.

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Why are Germany’s roads better? Or are they?

Michigan’s harsh winters and surrounding Great Lakes are difficult foes, even for roads built to German highway standards. But lessons abound

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Searchable database: How bad are YOUR roads?

In the last eight years, roads have taken a pounding, with Michigan spending the least in the nation on road work. Use our searchable database to find the current condition of roads in your community.

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Michigan roads now among nation’s worst

Michigan spends less per capita on roads and bridges than any other state in the nation, and it shows. Experts say the state needs even more than the $1.3 billion requested by Gov. Snyder to make long-term improvements. Legislative leaders aren’t convinced.

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