Area Economy

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


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

State’s exports slip amid growing worldwide turmoil

December 19, 2014
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based think tank, presented its latest economic projections for the global economy early last month, which formed the analysis and outlook for the G20 Leaders’ Summit Nov. 15-16 in Brisbane, Australia. Read More

Median household income is best in six years

December 12, 2014
Economic growth in West Michigan eased to a slower pace in November, according to data collected during the last two weeks of the month. Read More

The green flag is out for the holiday shopping season

December 5, 2014
LANSING — Conditions are good for the official start of the holiday shopping season (regardless of whether it began on Thanksgiving or the day after): brisk weather, lower gasoline prices, reduced unemployment and optimistic retailers offering big bargains. Read More

Construction backlog indicator reaches another all-time high

November 28, 2014
Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Backlog Indicator reached a new all-time high during the third quarter of 2014 at 8.8 months, eclipsing the previous all-time high of 8.5 months in the second quarter of 2014. Read More

Industrial inflation continues to improve for West Michigan

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