jobs http://michiganradio.org en Michigan is begging for skilled workers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-begging-skilled-workers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If we don’t find new ways to teach the right skills and train more workers, Michigan is going to be badly hurt.</span></p><p>That’s what Bridge Magazine writer Ted Roelofs heard from top business owners as he explored the skilled labor shortage in Michigan.</p><p>His piece in Bridge is called “<a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/07/help-wanted-yes-there-really-are-70000-good-jobs-open/">Help Wanted: Yes, there really are 70,000 good jobs open</a>.”</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:45:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 18379 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is begging for skilled workers Michigan creates EB-5 program to attract job-creating immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-creates-eb-5-program-attract-job-creating-immigrants <p></p><p>It's called the EB-5 program. It's based on the employment-based 5th preference visa program, which allows foreign investors and their families to get their green cards – get permanent residency – by investing in an enterprise that creates at least 10 direct or indirect jobs in Michigan.</p><p>Private companies have been using the EB-5 program to bring immigrants into the country, but Michigan has become only the second state – after Vermont – to create a state EB-5 program. It will be staffed by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.</p><p>Scott Woosley is the MSHDA Executive Director.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full show above.</em></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:05:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 17832 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan creates EB-5 program to attract job-creating immigrants Many people who have full-time jobs qualify for food stamps http://michiganradio.org/post/many-people-who-have-full-time-jobs-qualify-food-stamps <p>Four years into the recovery from the Great Recession, what kinds of jobs are most available?</p><p>A recent report from the National Employment Law Project finds the poor economy has replaced good jobs with bad ones.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Additionally, a recent analysis done for Bridge Magazine looked at the fastest-growing jobs in Michigan. Bridge's analysis found that many full-time workers will be paid so little that they'll qualify for food stamps.</span></p><p>We keep hearing that companies in Michigan are looking for workers to fill &nbsp;high-skill, good-paying jobs. Is this not true?&nbsp;</p><p>Stateside's Cynthia Canty spoke with Charles Ballard and Gilda Jacobs. Ballard is an economist at Michigan State University and Jacobs is the president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the interview by clicking the link above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 23:59:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 17779 at http://michiganradio.org Many people who have full-time jobs qualify for food stamps Here's what it's like to live off tips in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/heres-what-its-live-tips-michigan <p>Denise Gleich is a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry in Michigan.</p><p>She's raised three daughters on the wages and tips she earned, but says the industry has changed and she wants out.&nbsp;</p><p>Tipped workers will make 60% less than minimum wage <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/living-tips-and-not-minimum-wage">under legislation Governor Snyder signed into law</a> on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://shriverreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140325-minimum-wage-and-women-report-FINAL.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">majority of tipped workers are women</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">I took the State of Opportunity story booth to a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cew.umich.edu/progevents/women-and-economic-security-changing-policy-and-practice-conference-sheryl-wudunn-keynote" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">recent gathering of women talking about economic security</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">Gleich was the first woman to walk into that room.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">Read and listen to her story <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/living-tips-and-not-minimum-wage">here</a>.</span></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:34:19 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 17776 at http://michiganradio.org Here's what it's like to live off tips in Michigan 37% of you would rather live somewhere else than Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/37-you-would-rather-live-somewhere-else-michigan <p>I mean, it's not like we're living in Hawaii, after all.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan is "above the national average" for t</span>he number of people who say they'd rather live somewhere else,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/168770/half-illinois-connecticut-move-elsewhere.aspx#1" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">Gallup poll</a>.</p><p>Here was the question they put to the 600 people they reached by phone in Michigan:</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:53:58 +0000 Mark Brush 17469 at http://michiganradio.org 37% of you would rather live somewhere else than Michigan The average Michigan family needs $52,330 a year to 'make ends meet' http://michiganradio.org/post/average-michigan-family-needs-52330-year-make-ends-meet <p>That's for a two-parent family with two kids and where the two parents are working.</p><p>Peter Ruark and Cameron Merrill compiled the numbers for the Michigan League for Public Policy.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Making-Ends-Meet-WEB.pdf">Their report</a> states that "making ends meet" means just covering the bare necessities.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you and your partner have two kids, and you make $52,330 a year, the authors say you have just enough to cover your expenses for things like housing, food, healthcare, clothing, child care, transportation, and taxes. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's equal to each person making $12.85 an hour at a full-time job.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's just one living situation the MLPP report looks at. It also breaks down the amount you would need to earn each year to "make ends meet" if you were:</span></p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">single - <strong>$21,570</strong></span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a single parent with two kids -&nbsp;</span><strong>$44,164</strong></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a two-parent family with two kids and you are both working -&nbsp;</span><strong>$52,330</strong></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a two-parent family with two kids and only one parent is working -&nbsp;</span><strong>$26,720</strong></li></ul><p>(They assume child care is not needed in a two-parent family with only one person working.)&nbsp;</p><div>They also broke down the difference in need based on where you live in Michigan. Scroll over the interactive map below to see their wage estimates for each county.</div><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:58:33 +0000 Mark Brush 16684 at http://michiganradio.org The average Michigan family needs $52,330 a year to 'make ends meet' Detroit's jobs czar Tom Lewand claims to have the 'best job in America' http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-jobs-czar-tom-lewand-claims-have-best-job-america <p>It’s time for our Thursday check-in with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p>His focus today was on someone who says he's got "the best job in America." Tom Lewand is the man in the Mike Duggan administration whose mission is to find jobs for Detroiters.</p><p>Daniel Howes joined us today to tell us more about this job.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:52:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 16435 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's jobs czar Tom Lewand claims to have the 'best job in America' Looking at the long range economic outlook for Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/looking-long-range-economic-outlook-michigan <p>Today we looked at the long-range forecast for Michigan as a whole and what it will take in terms of policy decisions and education to keep Michigan from having a future as dark and dismal as a Dickens novel.</p><p>Two writers who've explored these questions for Bridge Magazine joined us today: Ron French and Nancy Derringer.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:29:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 16319 at http://michiganradio.org Looking at the long range economic outlook for Michigan Why Michigan's Democratic leaders aren't happy with a minimum-wage ballot campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/why-michigans-democratic-leaders-arent-happy-minimum-wage-ballot-campaign <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">There’s a new group called the Economic Justice Coalition which is seriously considering trying to get a proposal on the ballot to raise the minimum wage in Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">You might think that would make Democrats happy. Their gubernatorial candidate, Mark Schauer, came out in favor of a minimum wage hike two months ago.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">But Democratic leaders aren’t thrilled with a ballot campaign, for reasons I’ll explain in a minute. Now, it’s not that they don’t want a higher minimum wage.Virtually all of them do.&nbsp;Schauer said if elected, he would try to raise Michigan’s from the present $7.40 an hour to $9.25 an hour over three years.</span></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:41:45 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16205 at http://michiganradio.org Why Michigan's Democratic leaders aren't happy with a minimum-wage ballot campaign Job growth is expected in West Michigan, but Detroit will have higher wages http://michiganradio.org/post/job-growth-expected-west-michigan-detroit-will-have-higher-wages <p>The data and numbers crunchers have been working away, trying to peer into the future to figure out what lies ahead for Michigan over the next 10 years in terms of jobs and pay.</p><p>And the verdict: Michigan's economic axis is tilting west.</p><p>Rick Haglund's recent story for Bridge Magazine is headlined: "<a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/12/future-job-growth-favors-west-michigan/">Future job growth favors West Michigan</a>."</p><p>And Don Grimes is with the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy at the University of Michigan.</p><p>They both joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:50:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 16015 at http://michiganradio.org Job growth is expected in West Michigan, but Detroit will have higher wages There may be fewer Help Wanted signs in Michigan at the start of next year http://michiganradio.org/post/there-may-be-fewer-help-wanted-signs-michigan-start-next-year <p></p><p><a href="http://www.manpowergroupsolutions.com/DataExplorer/">Manpower </a>says slightly fewer Michigan companies plan to hire new employees in the beginning of next year.&nbsp;</p><p>The human resources company surveyed Michigan business owners for its first quarter Employment Outlook Survey.</p><p>Manpower says 18% of Michigan companies plan to hire new workers between January and March. That’s down from about 22% in the fourth quarter of this year.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15613 at http://michiganradio.org There may be fewer Help Wanted signs in Michigan at the start of next year How co-workers view 'personal expressions' of their colleagues at work http://michiganradio.org/post/how-co-workers-view-personal-expressions-their-colleagues-work <p>Ask anyone here at Michigan Radio who walks by my cubicle: I love my husband, kids and grandson. I love the countryside in County Cork Ireland, and I love Roger Daltrey of The Who.</p><p>Why do they know that?</p><p>Because all around my desk, I've tacked up photos of my family, of the fields of West Cork, and of my meeting with the legendary Who singer.</p><p>It's something I've always done at my desks throughout my career.</p><p>But an intriguing study by University of Michigan researchers suggests I might not be doing myself a favor with such "visible expressions" of my personal life.</p><p>Joining me is one of the five co-authors of the research paper, set for publication in the Journal of Organizational Behavior.</p><p>Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at UofM.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:42:21 +0000 Cynthia Canty 15452 at http://michiganradio.org How co-workers view 'personal expressions' of their colleagues at work Michigan's international students key to ecomomic growth http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-international-students-key-ecomomic-growth <p></p><p>Michigan needs to fill 274,000 jobs by 2018 in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). &nbsp;And a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ccording to a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.migtri.org/sites/default/files/files/A%20Pathway%20to%20National%20Competitiveness.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;released by the Global Talent Retention Initiative (</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">GTRI</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">) of Michigan, the state's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">international college and university students are key to meeting that demand.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The report says that Michigan's international students are three times as likely as Michigan students to major in those fields.</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:14:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14888 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's international students key to ecomomic growth Few women in top corporate positions in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/few-women-top-corporate-positions-michigan <p>Twenty eight of Michigan's top 100 public companies have no women as directors, executive officers, or in the ranks of the five highest-paid employees. Even among companies with women in top positions, the numbers are small, and the rate of change glacial.</p><p>That's according to a report recently released by the <a href="https://www.inforummichigan.org/home">Inforum Center for Leadership in Michigan.</a> The report was co-authored by two officers of Inforum and two faculty members at Wayne State University's School of Business Administration.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:46:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14571 at http://michiganradio.org Few women in top corporate positions in Michigan $10 million program creates 1,000 jobs http://michiganradio.org/post/10-million-program-creates-1000-jobs <p>Governor Snyder says the Community Ventures program created 1,000 jobs in the past year. It's a pilot program in Saginaw, Pontiac, Flint and Detroit focused on bringing jobs to the long-term unemployed.<br><br>Mike Finney is the president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which partnered with government agencies to bring jobs to those cities. He says the Community Ventures program mostly provides manufacturing jobs.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:21:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14526 at http://michiganradio.org $10 million program creates 1,000 jobs One investment fund bets big on Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/one-investment-fund-bets-big-michigan <p>Can a Michigan investment fund make big money by investing only in mid-size Michigan companies?</p><p>That’s the idea behind the Michigan Prosperity Fund.</p><p>It’s the brainchild of Michigan native Martin Stein, founder and CEO of private equity firm Blackford Capital.</p><p>Stein previously based Blackford out of LA, but says he started noticing a trend: about 70% of the companies he invested in were in the Midwest and on the East Coast.</p><p>“So, on the business side, it made a lot of sense for us to be closer to where we were investing in companies,” says Stein.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:41:42 +0000 Kate Wells 14440 at http://michiganradio.org One investment fund bets big on Michigan Stabenow plan aims to expand Michigan jobs training program http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-plan-aims-expand-michigan-jobs-training-program <p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow wants to take a Michigan workforce training program nationwide.<br><br>The Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNTJ) is a partnership between Michigan businesses and community colleges. Through the program, community colleges front the money for workers to go to school. Once workers are employed, their state income taxes pay the college back.</p><p>Stabenow says federal money means the&nbsp;community colleges will get paid back much faster. She says it will also double the number of workers and businesses in the program.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:55:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14245 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow plan aims to expand Michigan jobs training program Report shows increase in people earning poverty wages in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/report-shows-increase-people-earning-poverty-wages-michigan <p>The Michigan League for Public Policy released its <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Labor-Day-Report-Michigans-Paycheck-Blues.pdf">Labor Day report</a> today. The report shows Michigan&nbsp; increased the number of workers earning a poverty wage.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:00:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14209 at http://michiganradio.org Report shows increase in people earning poverty wages in Michigan Meijer and Chrysler to hire more workers in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/meijer-and-chrysler-hire-more-workers-michigan <p>Meijer announced today that they're planning to hire 4,400 part-time workers in Michigan (more in other states). The Grand Rapids-based company says they're hiring in response to company growth and&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(87, 90, 93); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 20px;">in "in preparation for the fall and holiday selling seasons."</span></p><p>More from their <a href="http://newsroom.meijer.com/news/meijer-to-hire-more-than-9-000-new-team-members">press release</a>:</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:28:08 +0000 Mark Brush 13897 at http://michiganradio.org Meijer and Chrysler to hire more workers in Michigan An average family in Ann Arbor needs $68,140 to get by http://michiganradio.org/post/average-family-ann-arbor-needs-68140-get <p>That's the estimate for a family&nbsp;made up of two parents and two kids.</p><p>The numbers are calculated by the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank based in Washington D.C.</p><p>You can look up your specific living situation <a href="http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/">with their updated "Family Budget Calculator."</a></p><p style="padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Georgia, serif; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; vertical-align: baseline;"><span class="dropped" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">EPI says the calculator estimates the annual income a family needs for a "secure&nbsp;</span>yet modest living standard."</p><p style="padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Georgia, serif; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; vertical-align: baseline;">It estimates expenses related to housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, other necessities, and taxes. And by their calculations, families at the poverty level set by the federal government are nowhere near the EPI's "getting by" threshold.</p><blockquote><p style="padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Georgia, serif; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; vertical-align: baseline;">The budgets, updated for 2013, are calculated for 615 U.S. communities and six family types (either one or two parents with one, two, or three children)...<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">EPI’s family budgets offer a higher degree of geographic customization and provide a more accurate measure of economic security. In all cases, they show families need more than twice the amount of the federal poverty line to get by.</span></p></blockquote><p>Of the 20 areas the EPI examined in Michigan, the Ann Arbor area came out on top as the most expensive place to live.&nbsp; Rural Michigan was the least expensive.</p><p>Here's a look at the Michigan areas EPI put into their calculator, from most expensive to least expensive (for two-parent, two-child families):</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:22:34 +0000 Mark Brush 13490 at http://michiganradio.org An average family in Ann Arbor needs $68,140 to get by