Michigan among leaders in job growth

By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential

Two local writers are portraying Michigan’s economy as bleak, with one saying the “check engine light is flashing” and the other predicting “a Scrooge-like” economy for the state.

However, their claims warrant a closer look considering Michigan has been in the top five states in the nation in job growth since the Great Recession ended five years ago, according to numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Rick Haglund, whose column appeared on MLive and who also is a regular contributor to the Center for Michigan’s online magazine, Bridge, talked about Michigan’s U-6 unemployment rate being at 15.8 percent as of Sept. 30. The U-6 unemployment rate includes mostly the number of people unemployed as well as those who are employed part-time but would like full-time work.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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