Area Economy

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


Industrial inflation continues to improve for West Michigan

November 21, 2014
The strength of September has continued into October. Read More

Performance reviews: power tool or pain in the neck?

November 14, 2014
Now that we are close to the end of the year, people are thinking about budgets, bonuses and benefits elections. There is also the issue of assessing the performance of the organization. Read More

Retailers’ holiday sales forecasts blend optimism, caution

November 7, 2014
LANSING — While Michigan retailers expect better holiday sales this year, their forecasts are a blend of optimism and caution, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of the Michigan Retailers Association and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

State’s export plunge wipes out earlier gains

October 31, 2014
In the first eight months of 2014, the value of world merchandise exports rose 2.6 percent to $11.3 trillion dollars from the same period in 2013, according to the latest numbers released by the World Trade Organization. Read More

Materials prices dip slightly, but still up over last year

October 24, 2014
Construction materials prices inched down 0.1 percent in September, but rose 1.6 percent compared to the same time last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Producer Price Index released earlier this month. Read More

Local economy is on faster track than national numbers

October 17, 2014
September is always a back-to-work month, and this year is no exception. Read More

An effective timeline keeps the HR process flowing

October 10, 2014
How important is timing? Read More

Report finds ALICE can't afford to live here anymore

October 3, 2014
Conventional wisdom among Michigan business, political and media elites seems to be that Michigan is back. Read More

State's exporters enjoy significant summer resurgence

September 26, 2014
According to statistics compiled by the World Trade Organization, growth in global trade continued to grow at a moderate pace in July. Read More

Falling natural gas prices keep materials costs stable

September 19, 2014
Construction materials prices were unchanged in August but are 1.7 percent higher than this time last year, according to a Sept. 16 producer price index report by the Department of Labor. Read More