Category Archives: Central West Michigan

Central West Michigan’s Economy Continues to Improve

The Central West Michigan (CWM) region, home to auto, manufacturing, and office furniture industries, grew better than expected, especially in the second quarter of 2014. Payroll jobs were up by 2.7 percent year-over-year, adding a net of 12,000 jobs in … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Continues to Grow Moderately

The Central West Michigan (CWM) region, with auto, manufacturing, services, and furniture industries as the major drivers of the economy, comprises about 24 percent of the total nonfarm payroll jobs in Michigan.  In 2014Q1 CWM added a net of 4,400 … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan’s Economy to Improve Moderately

The Central West Michigan (CWM) area created about 29,500 nonfarm payroll jobs in 2013, of which more than 64 percent were in the Grand Rapids metro area. CWM private businesses created more than 3,550 jobs in the manufacturing sector alone … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan’s Economy Continues to Improve

Auto-related and furniture manufacturing industries are the mainstays of the Central West Michigan economy. Healthcare, biotechnology, higher education, and high-tech industries also contribute tremendously to the region’s economy. Out of more than 82,700 manufacturing jobs created in the state of … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Outlook Moderately Positive

Labor and income data for Central West Michigan were mixed in Q2. Payroll employment was up 1.3 percent year over year in Q2. Household employment increased, yet was outpaced by growth of the labor force resulting in an uptick in … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Economy Lost Steam Heading into 2013

Following a slight decline in employment in the third quarter, payrolls fell by another 2.1 percent annualized in the fourth quarter in the Central West Michigan region. A revitalized auto manufacturing sector helped boost employment across the region in the … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Supported by Vibrant Ann Arbor

Improvement in Central West Michigan’s unemployment rate stalled in the third quarter, as unemployment rose 0.2 percentage points to 6.7 percent. Even so, the region’s unemployment rate remains well-below the September state level of 8.2 percent. Ann Arbor maintains the … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Boosted by Auto Production

Central West Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to 6.5 percent for the second quarter of 2012, considerably below the June state-wide rate of 8.6 percent, as well as the July national rate of 8.3 percent.  Although Ann Arbor maintains the lowest … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Benefits from Manufacturing Boost

Central West Michigan’s unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in February is well-below the February state-wide rate of 8.8 percent, as well as the March national rate of 8.1 percent.  And while Ann Arbor maintains the lowest unemployment rate of the … 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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