Daily Archives: February 1, 2012

January ADP Employment, ISM Manufacturing, December Construction

   Labor Data Shows Active Small Businesses Hiring The ADP Employment Report for January showed an overall increase of 170,000 private sector jobs. The January ISM Manufacturing Survey’s Purchasing Managers’ Index ticked up to 54.1 percent. Construction Spending for December … Continue reading

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Phoenix Growing, But Housing Still A Drag

Since peaking at 9.8 percent in November 2009, Phoenix unemployment has gradually trended lower, falling nearly two percentage points to 7.9 percent in November 2011.  This compares with a U.S. November unemployment rate of 8.7 percent.  Payroll employment in Phoenix … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Is Feeling Some Lift

Central West Michigan’s unemployment rate of 8.2 percent in 3Q2011 was well below Michigan’s overall rate of 9.8 percent as of November and the national rate of 8.6 for that month.  This does mask some intra-regional differences, though, as the … Continue reading

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