wages http://michiganradio.org en Unemployment down, but workers making less money in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/unemployment-down-workers-making-less-money-grand-rapids <p>The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids is back where it was before the Great Recession.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.economicmodeling.com/2014/03/11/visualizing-earnings-and-employment-over-time-by-metro-and-industry/">workers in Michigan’s second-largest labor market are making less money.</a> Grand Rapids had the second-worst earnings decline of the top-100 labor markets in the country since 2001, down 6.6%. Only Detroit was worse at 7.2%.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:59:44 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17310 at http://michiganradio.org Unemployment down, but workers making less money in Grand Rapids Michigan earns a C in 'State of Women' report http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-earns-c-state-women-report <p>A new report gave Michigan a C in terms of the well being of the state&#39;s women.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/report/2013/09/25/74836/the-state-of-women-in-america/">The Center for American Progress report</a> looked at nine different measures to determine how states in the U.S. ranked &mdash; including congressional representation, the number of women in management roles, and wage gaps.</p><p>One area where Michigan fell flat: female leadership. Michigan earned a C- for its relative lack of women in decision-making roles.</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:25:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14626 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan earns a C in 'State of Women' report 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 Wages in Michigan still aren't equal between men and women http://michiganradio.org/post/wages-michigan-still-arent-equal-between-men-and-women <p></p><p>If you are a working woman in Michigan, you will average 73 cents for every dollar made by a man, according to a study recently released by the American Association of University Women.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan women rank seventh among the states and Washington D.C. in the wage gap between men and women, but what does that mean? What is it about Michigan that might lead to this gap?</p><p>And, as Michigan becomes a Right to Work state, what effect will that have on the wage gap?</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty was joined by the President of the American Association of University Women in Michigan, Janet Watkins.</p><p>Watkins explained the study, and addressed the effect of the gender wage gap among varying industries and ethnicities throughout the state of Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>You can get more information about Equal Pay Day at <a href="http://www.aauwmi.org/">www.aauwmi.org</a>.</p><p><em>To hear the full story, click the link above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:33:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 12050 at http://michiganradio.org Wages in Michigan still aren't equal between men and women Two minimum wage incomes needed to purchase a home http://michiganradio.org/post/two-minimum-wage-incomes-needed-purchase-home <p><span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>A Michigan family needs two people working full-time at minimum wage in order to afford a modest home. That&rsquo;s according to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The report says, the cost of housing has risen 27% in Michigan over 11 years, but wages have not increased.</p><p>Danilo Pelletiere is with the housing coalition. He says the gap between housing prices and wages has become a problem in the state.</p> Thu, 19 May 2011 18:02:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2574 at http://michiganradio.org