workforce http://michiganradio.org en Wake up, Ann Arbor! You're behind everybody else http://michiganradio.org/post/wake-ann-arbor-youre-behind-everybody-else <p></p><p>America, on average, gets to work at 7:55 a.m. People who are employed in Ann Arbor get to work at 8:15 a.m. That's not very impressive.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Granted, it's better than New Yorkers, who leisurely arrive at 8:24 a.m. –nearly 30 minutes later than the national average.</span></p><p>All of these numbers are from<a href="http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/which-cities-sleep-in-and-which-get-to-work-early/"> Nate Silver's blog</a>. &nbsp;He analyzed and explained data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau's&nbsp;"American Community Survey."</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:22:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17348 at http://michiganradio.org Wake up, Ann Arbor! You're behind everybody else Gov. Snyder: Skills gap most critical issue facing Michigan’s economic future http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-skills-gap-most-critical-issue-facing-michigan-s-economic-future <p>Closing the skills gap is the most critical issue facing Michigan’s future. That’s according to Gov. Rick Snyder, who made the remarks during his second annual economic summit in Grand Rapids Tuesday.</p><p>“We have a lot of wonderful openings but they require more skills than people traditionally thought about,” Snyder said.</p><p>Snyder says the notion that people only need a college degree to get ahead is “messed up.” He says the state, the private sector and education institutes must do a better job preparing the state’s labor force to get into middle-class jobs that are available.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:25:57 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16887 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder: Skills gap most critical issue facing Michigan’s economic future In this morning’s news: Buena Vista reopening, unemployment rate falls, school mascot complaint http://michiganradio.org/post/morning-s-news-buena-vista-reopening-unemployment-rate-falls-school-mascot-complaint <p><strong>Buena Vista schools to reopen </strong></p><p>Students in the Buena Vista school district will soon be heading back to the classroom.&nbsp;</p><p>“The state Department of Education has approved the Buena Vista school district’s deficit elimination plan. The state will resume making aid payments, and school is expected to begin again next week for about 400 students,” Rick Pluta<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-schools-get-aid-state-doors-will-open-today"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Unemployment rate falls and workforce grows</strong></p><p>Michigan’s<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-jobless-rate-dips-again-total-workforce-rises"> jobless rate</a> continued to fall as 19,000 people found jobs last month, bringing the unemployment rate to 8.4% in April. The biggest gains were in the leisure, manufacturing, and health services industries while professional and business services declined. The size of the state’s workforce also grew by 2,000 people over the past year.</p><p><strong>Department of Civil Rights faces budget cuts over mascot complaint</strong></p><p>“The Michigan Department of Civil Rights could see its budget cut by $3 million over its stance on American Indian-themed school mascots. The department recently filed a complaint with the federal government over the mascots … Lawmakers in the state House have introduced a bill that would take money from the department and put it into a fund to help schools pay for any mascot changes,” Jake Neher reports.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 11:20:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12598 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning’s news: Buena Vista reopening, unemployment rate falls, school mascot complaint Michigan's jobless rate dips again, total workforce rises http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-jobless-rate-dips-again-total-workforce-rises <p>Michigan’s unemployment rate declined by one tenth of one percentage point last month.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s April unemployment rate was 8.4%, down seven tenths of a percentage point from April of 2012. The state’s jobless rate has been on the decline since last September.</p><p>The biggest gains last month were found in the leisure, manufacturing and health services industries, while professional and business services posted a big decline.</p><p></p><p>And the state’s latest labor numbers are not just about people with jobs.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 18:56:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 12586 at http://michiganradio.org Economist expects Grand Rapids economy will continue to grow, slowly, in 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/economist-expects-grand-rapids-economy-will-continue-grow-slowly-2012 <p>The Grand Rapids economy grew faster than predicted this year and economic forecasters say growth will continue into 2012.</p><p>George Erickcek is an economist at the Upjohn Institute for employment research. He says the Grand Rapids economy did grow in 2011, but only by two-percent.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.upjohn.org/sites/default/files/wmich/presentations/Grand%20Rapids%20Dec%2014%202011%20forecast%20final.pdf">(His full presentation is linked here.)</a></p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s been no talk of a double dip for many, many months. But the growth&hellip;is disappointing. It&rsquo;s not the growth we want,&rdquo; Erickcek told a group of business leaders assembled Wednesday.</p><p>He says a recovering auto industry and gains in advanced manufacturing are the main reasons Grand Rapids&rsquo; economy has grown.</p><p>In fact, Erickcek says Grand Rapids is technically over the recession in terms of employment numbers. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:03:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5393 at http://michiganradio.org Economist expects Grand Rapids economy will continue to grow, slowly, in 2012 Workforce training: Connecting people to jobs http://michiganradio.org/post/workforce-training-connecting-people-jobs <p>Today, Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his plan for talent development.</p><p>The goal is to more closely align workers with available jobs.</p><p>In this week&#39;s political roundup we take a closer look at the plan with Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority leader and senior policy fellow at Public Section Consultants.</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 21:41:39 +0000 Jennifer White 5214 at http://michiganradio.org Manufacturing "not dead yet; not at all" in West Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/manufacturing-not-dead-yet-not-all-west-michigan <p>At least 35 West Michigan companies are looking to fill manufacturing jobs. The companies were scouting out new workers at a manufacturing job fair in Grand Rapids Monday.</p><p>This is the first time <a href="http://grcc.edu">Grand Rapids Community College </a>has held a job fair specifically for manufacturers. Michael Kiss has been with the college for 25 years. He&rsquo;s heads the school&rsquo;s Department of Manufacturing and Applied Technology. &quot;<em>There&#39;s 35 companies here, but probably another 100 that are looking to hire</em>,&quot; Kiss said.</p><p>He says they decided to host the fair because he&rsquo;s been flooded with calls from companies this year that are trying to fill jobs in the manufacturing field.</p><p><strong>Isn&#39;t manufacturing dead?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;<em>It&rsquo;s not dead yet; not at all,&rdquo; </em>40-year old Grand Rapids resident Eric Mallett says about manufacturing. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 22:13:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4865 at http://michiganradio.org Manufacturing "not dead yet; not at all" in West Michigan What we learn from the work we do as teenagers http://michiganradio.org/post/what-we-learn-work-we-do-teenagers <p>This summer Michigan teenagers faced an employment rate of 30% which meant that 84,000 teenagers who wanted to work were un-able to find jobs.</p><p>Teen unemployment is a big deal. By not working, teens miss out on acquiring new life skills which can help them move on to better-paying jobs as adults. Unemployed teens are also more likely to become unemployed adults.</p><p>Many adults who did find work as teenagers say those early jobs had significant meaning in their lives. Here are Brittany Mitchell, Joe Hendricks, &amp; Mickey Sperlich talking about what they learned from those jobs.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:02:38 +0000 Kyle Norris 3748 at http://michiganradio.org What we learn from the work we do as teenagers