employment http://michiganradio.org en What June’s job report means for Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/what-june-s-job-report-means-michigan <p></p><p>The latest "report card" on jobs in America points to a country continuing to recover from the Great Recession.</p><p>The national unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, the lowest level since September 2008. What does the June jobs report tell us about Michigan? Where have we made gains and where are we still hurting?</p><p>University of Michigan labor economist Don Grimes joined us to review the June employment numbers.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:22:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 18332 at http://michiganradio.org What June’s job report means for Michigan Criminal conviction check-off box to be removed from Ann Arbor city job applications http://michiganradio.org/post/criminal-conviction-check-box-be-removed-ann-arbor-city-job-applications <div style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="398" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/155118225?et=95aNulT0QVlpK7Pj0zj9-w&amp;sig=A-kOmnk83DzZQzSgP5gdQHxZOdqMl6b69bFkmE2WF8o=" style="display:inline-block;" width="507"></iframe><p style="margin:0;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:36:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17499 at http://michiganradio.org Program helping Genesee County teens get workplace skills http://michiganradio.org/post/program-helping-genesee-county-teens-get-workplace-skills <p>Hundreds of Genesee County teenagers just completed a program that may help them land a summer job.</p><p></p><p>Teen Quest gives 14 to 19 year olds a chance to learn a variety of skills, from how to apply for a job to how to behave in the workplace.</p><p></p><p>Rhetta Hunyady is the Vice President of Education and Training for the Flint &amp; Genesee Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;&nbsp; She says it’s very important for young people to learn workplace skills.</p><p></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17028 at http://michiganradio.org Program helping Genesee County teens get workplace skills How Detroit Manufacturing Systems hired hundreds of workers in the city http://michiganradio.org/post/how-detroit-manufacturing-systems-hired-hundreds-workers-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit's unemployment is high, really high. It's nearly 18%. That’s almost double the Michigan rate of unemployment and Michigan is among the worst in the nation.</span></p><p>So, when a manufacturer hires hundreds of Detroit residents, it gets attention.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:02:33 +0000 Lester Graham 16284 at http://michiganradio.org How Detroit Manufacturing Systems hired hundreds of workers in the city With this week's announcements, is there a new future for Michigan's auto industry? http://michiganradio.org/post/weeks-announcements-there-new-future-michigans-auto-industry <p>It’s been a big week for Michigan’s auto industry.</p><p>A report from Business Leaders for Michigan revealed a plan to bring <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20131212/NEWS/131219951/business-leaders-for-michigan-unveils-strategy-to-grow-auto-industry">100,000 automotive jobs</a> to the sector. And General Motors announced the next CEO of the company will be Mary Barra. She’ll be the first female CEO in the car industry.</p><p>Daniel Howes, a business columnist from The Detroit News, talks with us about this week’s announcements.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:05:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 15661 at http://michiganradio.org With this week's announcements, is there a new future for Michigan's auto industry? Shutdown might lead to state worker layoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/shutdown-might-lead-state-worker-layoffs <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">With the federal shutdown in its third week, the state is taking its first step toward laying off thousands of public employees.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan budget officials are asking state departments to determine which programs need to be shut down if federal funding isn&rsquo;t restored before November.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&ldquo;We really didn&rsquo;t think we would be at this point,&rdquo; said Kurt Weiss, a spokesperson for the state budget office. &ldquo;And neither did the rest of the states. They&rsquo;re all in the same boat we are, across the country, which is putting together contingency plans to start shutting programs down &ndash; which is certainly not something that I would call commonplace.&rdquo;</span><br /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Weiss estimates 15,000 to 20,000 state workers would probably be affected.</span><br /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&ldquo;We do anticipate a pretty widespread impact across all state agencies that are going to have some employees that are either partially or fully federally funded,&rdquo; said Weiss. &ldquo;So these contingency plans are going to tell us which of those folks need to stay home come November 1st.&rdquo;</span><br /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Weiss says programs and workers that help Michigan&rsquo;s poorest residents receive a disproportionate amount of federal dollars. He says agencies such as the state Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be hardest hit if the shutdown lasts much longer.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:35:16 +0000 Jake Neher 14840 at http://michiganradio.org Shutdown might lead to state worker layoffs Michigan company towns: The mixed blessing of having a single major employer http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-company-towns-mixed-blessing-having-single-major-employer <p>When you hear the term “company town” you might think of DOW and Midland, Ford and Dearborn, Kellogg and Battle Creek, or Whirlpool and Benton Harbor. But too many cities in Michigan have realized just how dependent they are on a single industry when the major employer shuts its plant down - just think of GM and Flint, or the Ford plant in Monroe, or any other number of towns that have lost major employers during Michigan’s so-called lost decade.</p><p>Mid-sized and smaller towns have known for some time that they need to diversify the employment base, but that’s a job with a lot of obstacles.</p><p>George Erickcek, a senior regional analyst with the Upjohn&nbsp;Institute for Employment Research, and Richard Longworth, a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of the book “Caught in the Middle<i>:&nbsp;</i>America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism," joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:35:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 13241 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan company towns: The mixed blessing of having a single major employer Is it time to stop asking Michigan job seekers about criminal convictions on job applications? http://michiganradio.org/post/it-time-stop-asking-michigan-job-seekers-about-criminal-convictions-job-applications <p>Michigan employers would no longer be able to ask on a job application if a person has been convicted of a felony.&nbsp; That is if one state lawmaker has his way.</p><p></p><p>Research shows a criminal record can reduce the likelihood of a job callback or offer by nearly 50%.</p><p></p><p>To help change that, State Representative Fred Durhal of Detroit wants to ban employers from including a question about criminal convictions on job applications.</p><p></p><p>He says too often employers throw away job applications if the applicant checks the criminal conviction box.</p><p></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:20:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 11572 at http://michiganradio.org Is it time to stop asking Michigan job seekers about criminal convictions on job applications? Michigan lawmakers to consider blocking local 'paid sick leave' ordinances http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-consider-blocking-local-paid-sick-leave-ordinances <p>A state House committee this week will discuss whether to prevent local cities and towns in Michigan from passing laws requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees.</p><p></p><p>San Francisco, Seattle and several other major cities have passed ‘paid sick leave’ ordinances in recent years. &nbsp;The intent is to protect people in low paying jobs, who stand to lose their job, if they try to take a sick day.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11508 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers to consider blocking local 'paid sick leave' ordinances Governor hopes to rely less on state incentives for future jobs http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-hopes-rely-less-state-incentives-future-jobs <p>Governor Rick Snyder was on hand to help celebrate as the Michigan Strategic Fund approved state-paid incentives to 14 new business projects.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The governor said lower taxes, fewer regulations, and a skilled workforce should make incentives less necessary in the future. But he said state assistance still has to be part of the mix.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:34:23 +0000 Rick Pluta 10921 at http://michiganradio.org Governor hopes to rely less on state incentives for future jobs New data show sharp decline in state union membership http://michiganradio.org/post/new-data-show-sharp-decline-state-union-membership <p>Michigan unions lost nearly 42,000 members over the course of 2012, representing about 10 percent of the nationwide decline in total membership.</p><p>The data come from a <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/union2.pdf">Bureau of Labor Statistics report</a> that shows the percentage of American workers in unions dipped to its lowest rate in more than 70 years.</p><p>David Shepardson of The Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130123/BIZ/301230391/Union-membership-falls-70-year-low?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">has more</a>:</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:50:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10912 at http://michiganradio.org New data show sharp decline in state union membership Report: Job market "sluggish" for new Michigan college graduates http://michiganradio.org/post/report-job-market-sluggish-new-michigan-college-graduates <p>Michigan college graduates are entering a sluggish job market.</p><p>Michigan State University’s annual Recruiting Trends report finds employers are not confident about the nation’s economic direction in 2013. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Many are worried about problems with Europe’s economy.&nbsp;&nbsp; There’s also concern about the nation's deeply divided political leadership.&nbsp; &nbsp;That's all putting a damper on employers’ hiring plans.</p><p></p><p>Phil Gardner is the director of MSU’s College Employment Research Institute.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:12:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 9935 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Job market "sluggish" for new Michigan college graduates Michigan unemployment rate ticked up for the second month in a row http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-unemployment-rate-ticked-second-month-row <p>Unemployment in Michigan rose one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 8.6 percent, when seasonally adjusted.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Technology, Management &amp; Budget (DTMB) issued a press release today that said the state&#39;s labor force, for the first month this year, did not increase, and the number of unemployed people grew by 7,000.</p><p>The good news is that this year&#39;s unemployment rate is 2 percent lower than last year&#39;s June rate, and four tenths of a percent lower than the rate at the beginning of this year.</p><p>From the press release:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The state labor market displayed little change in June, and has been relatively stable through the first half of 2012,&rdquo; said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.&nbsp; &ldquo;Job gains in Michigan were modest during the second quarter, which was similar to national trends.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Check out the graph above showing DTMB&#39;s data on the labor force and the unemployment rate over the past decade.</p><p>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:20:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8334 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan unemployment rate ticked up for the second month in a row Report: Black unemployment down in metro Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/report-black-unemployment-down-metro-detroit <p><a href="http://www.epi.org/publication/ib337-black-metropolitan-unemployment/">A new report</a> says African American unemployment fell last year in metro Detroit, even as it remains well above the unemployment rate for white workers in the same region.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.epi.org/">The Economic Policy Institute</a> says African Americans in the Detroit area had an 18.1 percent jobless rate in 2011, down from 25.4 percent the year before.</p><p>This 7.3 percent decline in Detroit, Warren and Livonia&#39;s&nbsp; collective unemployment rates was by far the largest decrease in African American unemployment by percentage in any of the 19 metropolitan areas the report studied.&nbsp;</p><p>However, the report found last year&#39;s lowered African American unemployment rate in metro Detroit still sat 2.2 percent above the respective national rate of 15.9 percent.</p><p>In fact, the region has the fourth highest African American unemployment rate nationally, trailing metropolitan Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Chicago.<br /><br />The report also says the gap between white and black unemployment was smaller in Detroit than the nation as a whole. It says African Americans were 1.8 times more likely than whites to be unemployed in the Detroit area, while they were 2.2 times more likely nationwide.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:23:08 +0000 The Associated Press 8194 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Black unemployment down in metro Detroit Gov. Snyder urges Michigan businesspeople to hire veterans http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-urges-michigan-businesspeople-hire-veterans <p>Governor Rick Snyder today asked &nbsp;businesspeople to make a special effort to hire veterans returning from overseas duty. It&rsquo;s the topic of one of the sessions this week at the Detroit Regional Chamber&rsquo;s annual Mackinac Island conference.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s attended by 1,500 of the state&rsquo;s business and political leaders.</p><p>The governor says returning veterans face an unemployment rate of about 30 percent, something he calls &ldquo;unacceptable.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;So we need to help these people,&rdquo; Snyder said. &ldquo;So I ask you to do everything possible to make the session and to hire &lsquo;em. That would be great. Thank you.&rdquo;</p><p>The governor recently returned from a trip to the Middle East to visit Michigan National Guard units. He&rsquo;s made job training and connecting veterans to jobs a part of his workforce development initiative. Tue, 29 May 2012 20:57:17 +0000 Rick Pluta 7665 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder urges Michigan businesspeople to hire veterans Reimagining what work can be http://michiganradio.org/post/reimagining-what-work-can-be <p>Many people view Michigan as ground zero when it comes to job loss and unemployment. Yet despite the tough economy, some people are quitting their jobs in an effort to pursue their creative passions, which are often unpaid.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>From fast food to felt toys</strong></p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:21:07 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5673 at http://michiganradio.org Reimagining what work can be Should UM research assistants unionize? Michigan Attorney General weighs in http://michiganradio.org/post/should-um-research-assistants-unionize-michigan-attorney-general-weighs <p>Some graduate student research assistants at the University of Michigan, also known as GSRAs, have wanted to unionize under the &quot;Graduate Employee Organization&quot; for decades.</p><p>A decision on whether attempts to unionize graduate students can move forward is coming up at a December 13 meeting of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.</p><p>The MERC is expected to vote whether to direct an administrative law judge to determine whether GSRAs are university &quot;employees&quot; or &quot;students.&quot;</p><p>Many <a href="http://www.freep.com/assets/freep/pdf/C4182370121.PDF">University of Michigan administrators and deans argue</a> the GSRAs are students, not employees.</p><p>It they&#39;re determined to be employees, the 2,200 GSRAs can hold a vote on whether or not to unionize.</p><p>Now, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, on behalf of the people of Michigan, he says, has decided to jump into this administrative debate. Thu, 01 Dec 2011 19:26:38 +0000 Mark Brush 5210 at http://michiganradio.org Should UM research assistants unionize? Michigan Attorney General weighs in Ohio's minimum wage will increase in January http://michiganradio.org/post/ohios-minimum-wage-will-increase-january <p>Ohio&#39;s minimum wage will increase by 30 cents to $7.70 an hour at the start of 2012. Officials at the state Department of Commerce said Friday that the increase is part of a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2006, which says minimum wage will increase each year at the rate of inflation.</p><p>The $7.70 rate applies to workers 16 and older who don&#39;t get tips. The wage for tipped employees will be $3.85, a 15 cent increase.</p><p>The wage will be required from employers who gross more than $283,000 annually, up from the current $271,000.</p> Sat, 01 Oct 2011 19:28:36 +0000 Kyle Norris 4402 at http://michiganradio.org Ohio's minimum wage will increase in January "For the People" Jobs Fair comes to Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/people-jobs-fair-comes-detroit <p>The Congressional Black Caucus&#39; five-city <a href="http://thecongressionalblackcaucus.com/issues/jobs-initiative/">&quot;For the People&quot; Jobs Fair</a> is on its second stop in Detroit today. The fair kicked off in Cleveland last week and will end in Los Angeles at the end of the month.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek will head over to the fair at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College and give us an update.</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:07:27 +0000 Mark Brush 3774 at http://michiganradio.org "For the People" Jobs Fair comes to Detroit Report claims nearly half Detroit workforce is not prepared for workforce http://michiganradio.org/post/report-claims-nearly-half-detroit-workforce-not-prepared-workforce <p>A <a href="https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&amp;pid=gmail&amp;attid=0.1&amp;thid=12fd687c17fdceaf&amp;mt=application/pdf&amp;url=https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui%3D2%26ik%3D7855aab083%26view%3Datt%26th%3D12fd687c17fdceaf%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dattd%26zw&amp;sig=AHIEtbSqztV4sqsCEMx0-EQjKNU6PhJILA">recent report&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;describing&nbsp;the adult workforce in Detroit says&nbsp;that 47% are unable to read.</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 19:22:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2449 at http://michiganradio.org Report claims nearly half Detroit workforce is not prepared for workforce