Area Economy

A look at local, regional, national and international trends.


Attracting young talent is a state economic development priority

February 27, 2015
Conventional wisdom is that people follow jobs. Read More

Bring in people with updated skills to drive new business

February 20, 2015
Recent government statistics show a strong trend in employee hiring. Read More

Construction employment momentum should carry into 2015

February 13, 2015
The U.S. construction industry added 39,000 jobs in January, including 12,700 net new nonresidential jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary estimate released earlier this month. Read More

West Michigan’s economy continues modest growth trend

February 6, 2015
Modest growth continues. That’s the latest word on the West Michigan economy, according to data collected in the last two weeks of January. Read More

Michigan ranks among lowest states for export growth

January 30, 2015
According to the latest numbers on international trade released by the World Trade Organization, in the first 11 months of 2014 the value of world merchandise exports edged up 1.6 percent to $15.6 trillion from the same period in 2013. Read More

HR gets the most out of your biggest asset: employees

January 23, 2015
Human resources at one time had an image problem. Read More

2015 forecast: a new age of wealth and poverty

January 16, 2015
It seems like a betrayal of the “dismal science” to give a relatively optimistic current economic analysis and forecast. Read More

Automotive continues to drive West Michigan economy

January 9, 2015
Seasonally slower, but still growing modestly. Read More

State’s exports slip by more than 3 percent from last year

January 2, 2015
In the first 10 months of 2014, the value of world merchandise exports rose 2.4 percent to $14.3 trillion dollars from the same period in 2013, according to the latest numbers on global trade flows released by the World Trade Organization. Read More

Dear diary: A few comments about reference checks

December 26, 2014
My career in human resources covers too many years to accurately remember. Read More