Items Tagged with 'George Erickcek'


Economic outlook remains positive

Most pressing issues are low unemployment and a shortage of talent

December 11, 2015
West Michigan’s economic leaders like what they see in 2016’s crystal ball. Read More

Michigan needs to cultivate its design side

June 6, 2014
Upjohn Institute economist George Erickcek said in a recent interview, “If you ask me, ‘Do you think a designer is more important than an engineer?' The answer is yes.” Read More

Prediction: GR employment will go up 2.6 percent in 2014

Upjohn economist said 2013 ended up better than predicted.

December 13, 2013
Despite his worries about consumer confidence throughout the U.S., George Erickcek delivered an optimistic outlook for the Grand Rapids region this year at his annual presentation on the economy and employment. Read More

Muskegon economic forecast points to 'increase' in total employment

January 28, 2013
Muskegon-area manufacturers are doing better than the nation as a whole, according to George Erickcek, senior regional analyst at the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Read More

Newsmaker: Auto suppliers drive manufacturing reversal

January 17, 2013
The staggering drop in new, light-vehicle sales in North America that began in 2008 put Michigan squarely in the crosshairs of the Great Recession. Read More

Street Talk: Two perspectives on the cliff and business in 2013

Home games.

December 22, 2012
Two West Michigan executives in pivotal industries — manufacturing and banking — have offered their views of what lies ahead for business as the year draws to a close and the nation edges closer to the legendary fiscal cliff. Read More

Sluggish job growth seen here in 2013

Upjohn analyst George Erickcek doubts claimed shortage of skilled factory workers.

December 15, 2012
Net job growth in the Grand Rapids region in 2012 is estimated at about 1 percent over last year, and it may not be much better than that in 2013, according to George Erickcek, senior regional analyst at the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo. Read More

Economist predicts about 5,000 net new jobs for region in 2013

December 13, 2012
If everybody would just buy a new car . . . Read More

County panel gets collaboration report

September 9, 2012

George Erickcek, an employment economist with the W.E. Upjohn Institute in Kalamazoo, gave the first of two reports last week to the Community Collaboration Work Group, a panel that Kent County formed late last year in response to the One Kent Coalition’s proposal to consolidate the county and the city of Grand Rapids into a new metropolitan government.

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