jobs http://michiganradio.org en 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 How does job growth in Michigan compare to other states? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-does-job-growth-michigan-compare-other-states <p>Economic development leaders in Michigan like to talk about the number of manufacturing jobs created in the state in the last couple of years. But Michigan is not keeping up with the job growth of some other states as the nation recovers from the Great Recession.</p><p>It's Thursday, which means we talk to Daniel Howes, business columnist with the Detroit News.</p><p>Howes joined us today to discuss Michigan’s anemic job growth.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:18:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 13277 at http://michiganradio.org How does job growth in Michigan compare to other states? Michigan's unemployment rate remains at 8.4%, workforce grows slightly http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-unemployment-rate-remains-84-workforce-grows-slightly <p>Michigan's unemployment rate for May 2013 remained unchanged from the previous month - 8.4%. If you compare it to May 2012, the rate is down - the unemployment rate in May 2012 was 9.2%.</p><p>After the Great Recession, the unemployment rate in Michigan began to drop from its high of more than 14% in 2009, but so did the number of people in the overall "workforce" in the state. The workforce, or the total number of people both working or actively looking for work, has only increased slightly in recent months.</p><p>This month, the workforce grew by 28,000.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:21:40 +0000 Mark Brush 13142 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's unemployment rate remains at 8.4%, workforce grows slightly Michigan universities producing entrepreneurs faster than national average http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-universities-producing-entrepreneurs-faster-national-average <p>Michigan’s three biggest universities are producing young entrepreneurs twice as fast as the national average.</p><p>That’s according <a href="http://www.andersoneconomicgroup.com/Portals/0/upload/URC_13%27_Report_on_Entrepreneurship_FINAL_Secure.pdf">to a report by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group</a> released today at a conference of business leaders and politicians on Mackinac Island.</p><p>Debbie Dingell is chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.</p><p>“What’s clear is that we in Michigan have young people with ideas, and we’re giving them a university system that’s giving them the tools that they need to actually go out and start that business,” said Debbie Dingell, chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.</p><p>The report says almost half of the new businesses started by college grads have been started or acquired in Michigan.</p><p>University officials say they’ve revamped their curriculum in recent years to encourage entrepreneurship among students. Thu, 30 May 2013 21:28:49 +0000 Jake Neher 12826 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan universities producing entrepreneurs faster than national average How to keep young talent in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/how-keep-young-talent-michigan <p>One of leading topics of statewide conversation is how to keep young professionals and college grads in Michigan.</p><p>Lately on Stateside, we've heard talk of "placemaking," ways to make cities more attractive to young people.</p><p>That's one of many ideas being tossed around in the quest to prevent "Brain Drain."</p><p>Writer Natalie Burg recently published a <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/04/brunch-with-bridge-been-here-and-there-but-michigan-is-best-for-young-and-young-at-heart/">guest column in Bridge Magazine</a>. At the age of 31, she is writing from the perspective of those young people we're trying to keep in Michigan. And she thinks some of these strategies aren’t going to do the trick.</p><p>Natalie joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Tue, 28 May 2013 20:37:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 12766 at http://michiganradio.org How to keep young talent in Michigan Are we making a mistake by educating students for today's jobs? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-we-making-mistake-educating-students-todays-jobs <p>Here's a question to consider: are we doing the students of Michigan a disservice by steering them to the jobs that businesses are demanding in today's world?<br><br>It's certainly a big push for Governor Rick Snyder.<br><br>But MLive columnist <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/04/rick_haglund_steering_students.html">Rick Haglund has some misgivings</a> about this growing push to match courses with what businesses want in Michigan grads.<br><br>He joined us today from Birmingham, and we asked him why he thinks this approach could backfire in the long run.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:56:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 12346 at http://michiganradio.org Are we making a mistake by educating students for today's jobs?