ARTICLES

Marginal growth returns for West Michigan economy

September 13, 2019
After last month’s substantial dip, the pace of the West Michigan industrial economy has returned to a very modest growth rate. Read More

With much of the European economy rooted in turmoil, is West Michigan insulated from a bad recession?

August 2, 2019
Although the pace of the West Michigan economy is slowing, there still is no evidence that we are about to fall off a cliff, at least for now. Read More

Hints of slower growth, but (some) optimism rebounds

May 24, 2019
Although the West Michigan economy is still chugging along like it has been for the past 10 years, anecdotal evidence is mounting that the pace may be slowing. Read More

Economy marks a decade of slow and steady recovery

April 26, 2019
West Michigan’s recovery from the Great Recession officially began exactly 10 years ago this month, and recovery still is proceeding at the same slow pace we have been observing since 2009. Read More

Business leaders still express short-, long-term optimism

March 22, 2019
Although 2019 got off to a slow start, West Michigan is continuing the pattern of slow growth we have been reporting for nearly 10 years. Read More

2017 tax cuts have run their course for many firms

December 28, 2018
For the West Michigan industrial economy, September was strong, October was stronger and November was our best month of the year. Read More

Most signs point toward positive 2018 economic outlook

December 22, 2017

Despite the Thanksgiving break and deer season, November usually is a productive month, and this year was no exception.

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Is today’s industrial economy as good as it gets?

November 17, 2017
For the past couple of years, growth in the West Michigan economy has been a little sluggish in the fall. Read More

Local economy inches ahead while national picture is mixed

October 20, 2017
The West Michigan economy still is going strong. Read More

Most industries maintain moderate growth rate

September 15, 2017
After a summer lull, the West Michigan economy resumed the growth pattern observed for the past eight years. Read More