Economy & competitive position

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

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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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State struggles to boost lives of the working poor

Four-in-10 Michigan families can’t afford life’s basics, according to a report by the United Way. The report contends that helping struggling workers will ultimately benefit the state as a whole.

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Up North, isolation impedes health care for seniors

In far-flung rural Michigan, hardly anything is close by. It can be a problem for those in need of medical attention.

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Poverty in paradise: Halting the exodus of young workers from northern Michigan

After growing up in Pure Michigan, millennials say they must leave a land they love to fulfill their career ambitions. Second of two parts.

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How posh Aspen and Jackson Hole make housing affordable for year-round workers

Michigan’s northern resort counties could learn from these swanky ski towns in Colorado and Wyoming.

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Postcards from paradise: A daughter of Petoskey finds homecoming a real page-turner

Like lots of smart young natives, Katie Capaldi thought her destiny lay far from the northern Michigan town where she was raised. But she’s writing another chapter. Plus, five other looks at people and life Up North.

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Postcard from paradise: In the inky dark, a glimmer of starshine – and tourism

The Headlands is drawing stargazers to a 550-acre park at the very tip of the mitten, officially designated an International Dark Sky Park.

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Postcard from paradise: Custom skis, made by hand

Jeff Thompson figured he could make his own skis as easily as buying them. Then mom and dad sold their house to come work for him.

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