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Economic Life in Michigan

Michigan’s struggles in the first phase of the 21st century are well-known.
The shuttered factory. The jobless breadwinner. The foreclosed home.
Bridge Magazine looks beyond the anecdotes and into the data to study and report on exactly what happened in Michigan communities — and what the results mean for rebuilding a state economy that shrank by $27 billion in 10 years.

Earned a college degree; got a pizza box

Last Monday evening, a professional career counselor in Plymouth named Jim Danielski received this email: “Mr. Danielski: I am trying to assist my college graduate son in his pursuit of a job.  He graduated in 2010 with a degree in Political Science.  […]

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Michigan can’t fit college grads into job slots

If Amy Dobson is a rock and Gentex is a hard place, Gov. Rick Snyder is stuck between them. Dobson, an effervescent 23-year-old from Okemos, finished a five-year degree program in education from Michigan State University last spring.  Despite holding a bachelor’s […]

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Jobs of the future: Where they’ll be in Michigan

Jim Danielski tells horror stories, but not the kind shared with toasted marshmallows around a campfire.  Danielski’s horror stories are the kind that should keep Gov. Rick Snyder awake at night. At his career counseling center in Plymouth, Danielski sees a steady […]

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Job prospects take on oily sheen

The list of the fastest growing jobs in Michigan is dominated by one unlikely industry – petroleum. Five of the six fastest-growing occupations are connected to petroleum and natural resource extraction through 2018, according to Bridge Magazine job projections based on federal […]

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Law degree proves costly bargain

It’s been six years since Andrew Rockafellow earned a law degree from Cooley Law School in Lansing. He’ll be lucky to earn $20,000 this year, with no health-care benefits. For those doing the math, Rockafellow’s $100,000 law degree is the equivalent of […]

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Stomach-churning: Highs and lows in Mich. economy

Michigan has starred in its own disaster movie in the first decade of 21st century. The economic equivalents of F5 tornadoes and magnitude 9 earthquakes have battered the automotive industry and smashed construction work in the state. You knew all that, having […]

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Scoring the ’00s: How Michigan’s 14 regions changed

Despite billions of dollars in construction projects on the University of Michigan’s campus and Ann Arbor’s reputation as a high-tech business hotbed, the regional economy there contracted slightly over the past decade. Gross domestic product in the Ann Arbor metro area fell […]

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Michiganians find paths to success

Many Michigan entrepreneurs found ways to fly out of the ashes of the state’s lost decade. Bridge presents three such stories, drawn from the list of 50 Companies to Watch compiled the Edward Lowe Foundation: Higher Grounds of Traverse City ground out […]

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Deep inside the Lost Decade: Decline, transformation and resilience in Michigan’s regions

Ann Arbor on the east side and Grand Rapids on the west are widely regarded as the most prosperous and desirable metropolitan areas in Michigan. But Kalamazoo-Portage and Battle Creek in Southwest Michigan surprisingly outpaced Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and all other […]

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