Survey: Michigan women of color harmed economically by COVID-19, 78% back stay-home order

BY: - August 6, 2020

Two-thirds of women of color in Michigan have either lost their jobs or faced reduced work hours because of COVID-19, according to a survey released this week by Mothering Justice, a Michigan-based nonprofit advocacy group, and the Washington, D.C.-based National Women’s Law Center. “COVID-19 has exposed just how broken the system is,” said Danielle Atkinson, […]

Changing plans, taking gap years: How college grads are navigating the pandemic recession

BY: - July 29, 2020

About three months have passed since millions of college students graduated college into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.  Some have had to look for jobs unrelated to their degrees, while others changed their plans or decided to take a year off before going to graduate school or moving to where they had […]


Rick Haglund: An economic tsunami is hitting Michigan — and it will reshape work forever

BY: - June 10, 2020

As businesses slowly reopen and workers return to jobs, President Donald Trump is predicting the economy will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever. “We’ve been talking about the ‘V.’ This is better than a ‘V,’ ” Trump said last week about the potential for a quick, V-shaped recovery. “This is a rocket ship.” […]

Detroit arena, stadium workers go unpaid during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - May 19, 2020

For Amzie Griffin, opening day at a Detroit Tigers baseball game has been as routine as a double play turned by Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, two of the team’s former superstars. That’s because the 85-year-old Detroit resident has worked each one since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. “It’s work that I love to do,” […]

Michigan won’t bounce back from COVID-19 recession until after 2022

BY: - May 15, 2020

The recession caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan is “as bad or worse than” the Great Recession from 2007 to 2009, according to state Budget Director Chris Kolb, but Michigan will be able to weather the storm with sufficient support from the federal government. State fiscal analysts and top economists from the University of […]

Local governments turn to furloughs to get through COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - May 15, 2020

COVID-19 is severely impacting the budgets of local governments in Michigan, and that’s led to widespread furloughs throughout the state. During a conference call with leaders of the Michigan Municipal League (MML) on Thursday, mayors and a city manager from different parts of the state described the drastic cuts they’re making because of COVID-19. “I’ve […]

Michigan has lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 cases since March

BY: - May 13, 2020

There’s some good news in Michigan’s fight against COVID-19, as the state is seeing its lowest percentage of positive cases in two months. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said Michigan has had an overall positivity rate of 18.1% since March, but that the state hit an […]

130K Michiganders filed for unemployment last week

BY: - March 27, 2020

New figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show more than 129,000 Michigan residents reported being out of work last week, an indicator of the continued impacts COVID-19 shutdowns are having on the economy.  Nationwide, almost 3.3 million Americans filed unemployment insurance claims in the week ending Saturday, per the Labor Department. The data comes […]


Column: Real pay data show Trump’s ‘blue collar boom’ is more of a bust for workers, in 3 charts

BY: - February 25, 2020

If you thought workers’ hourly pay was finally rising, think again. At first glance, the latest data – which came out on Feb. 7 – look pretty good. They show nominal hourly earnings rose 3.1% in January from a year earlier. But the operative word here is nominal, which means not adjusted for changes in […]

Employees works at Ford Motor Plant

Michigan manufacturing sees ups and downs on Trump’s watch

BY: and - February 25, 2020

In 2016, Donald Trump ran on “bringing back” manufacturing jobs to Rust Belt states like Michigan, which was one factor in his surprise wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (and less surprising victory in neighboring Ohio).  The results of that promise, however, have been quite muddled.  Michigan is down 5,300 manufacturing jobs since Trump took […]


Rick Haglund: How can Michigan become a top 10 state? It may not be what you think.

BY: - February 22, 2020

Hey, average Michigan worker: How would you like to be making $13,000 a year more than you earn now? You would if Michigan was performing at the average level of the top 10 states in key job, productivity, personal income and population indicators. Unfortunately, we’re not even close. And we’re falling behind in most of […]

Study: Michigan counties lag in postsecondary education

BY: - February 17, 2020

Only four of Michigan’s 83 counties have a population where the majority of the residents between ages 25 to 64 have an associate’s degree or higher, according to a new study.  The report, done by Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based organization that advocates for postsecondary education opportunities, shows that Michigan has seen a slight increase in […]