“Now Hiring” signs more common than not in Northwest Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Looking around Traverse City it’s hard not to notice the large quantity of stores looking for more employees in this northwest Michigan beach town. Diane Kimmel, who taught general business at Northwestern Michigan College, says “summer is Traverse City’s tourism time, so early summer and spring are big times for hiring. Traverse City Area Public Schools is one of the biggest employers and so is Munson (hospital). If you think about those two places, the public schools have to hire during the summer and the hospital is pretty much ongoing.”

Kimmel says the most successful way for Traverse City businesses to reach a larger audience of potential employees is by either newspaper ads or employment websites: “If you’re a local person you probably know about the email that comes out every week or every day called The Ticker.

Can Trump or Clinton bolster Michigan manufacturing?

Michigan has experienced six years straight of automotive sector growth, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. After plummeting to a 21st century low in 2009, the 2015 rate again marked improvement in employment, with about 122,400 Michigan workers in the field compared to 117,600 the year before. In the Nov. 8 election, both major-party candidates have promised to preserve the boom. When in Michigan, both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton keyed in on the issue of manufacturing strength as a point of persuasion for undecided voters.

People who live in Ovid don’t necessarily work there

By Kenedi Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

OVID — In the small city of Ovid, many residents are beginning to find work elsewhere. With only three main places hiring, they don’t have much of a choice. Over the years, Ovid has become more of a bedroom community than anything else. A lot of the residents enjoy living there, but can’t make a living in that same city. “I would say probably 75-80 percent work outside of the community,” says Josy Medina, Ovid clerk.

Lansing’s status as state capital comes with great economic power

By Isaac Constans
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

Being the state capital means that Lansing is home to Michigan’s highest-ranking officials and is the source for legislation in Michigan. But governmental action is not contained to under the dome; government employees work throughout the city and their employment has an impact that can be felt throughout Lansing. The presence of the capitol also encourages many different state-wide businesses to settle their headquarters in Lansing, according to Keith Lambert, a tri-county development manager for the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP). “I think it has a huge impact on Lansing in general,” Lambert said. “Because we are the capital city of the state Michigan, we see a lot of businesses that are advocacy-oriented.

Holt is trying to shake the "bedroom community" image

By Carrie Lynch
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Taking a walk through Holt could mislead someone into believing the main purpose of the city is to be an area where people sleep, eat, and play but do not work. The lack of people in restaurants, walking around town, and driving around makes Holt seem like just a bedroom community. Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis believes Holt previously may have been a bedroom community, but is moving on to be its own unique city. “For a long time, we were content to be a bedroom community to Lansing,” said Davis. As years go on, Davis said that Holt is trying to bring individuality to the town, and make it more attractive to businesses coming in.

Delhi Township works: unemployment is way down here

By Carrie Lynch
Holt Journal staff reporter

In 2009, Delhi Township was hit hard by the Great Recession with an all-time high unemployment rate of 8.2 percent. The previous year, the unemployment rate was 3.4 percent, making it almost a 5 percentage point increase in just onhe year. As of 2015, the rates have decreased to a 3 percent, the lowest the township has seen in a while. “Michigan has been, as we are, trying to do anything we can to promote businesses,” said Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis. The unemployment rates of Delhi were pretty close to the average rates of the entire nation.

Homelessness continues despite some improvements

By ZHAO PENG
Capital News Service
LANSING — The coming winter and the dropping temperature are a great concern for people without a place to live. Homelessness has improved across Michigan over the past decades but not enough, according to the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. “There are services available throughout the state. And many communities have seen increases in the types of services that are available, but those are not significant increases that are across the board,” said Eric Hufnagel, the executive director of the coalition. According to a 2014 report by Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness, there were 97,642 homeless people in 2014.

Up, down, then up again: unemployment rates changing in Grand Ledge

By Paige Wester
Living in The Ledge staff reporter

Greg Shinnings, a Grand Ledge resident for many years, said that Grand Ledge has had its struggles with low unemployment, but with each passing year, employment is improving. Just like every other state in 2008 and 2009, Grand Ledge was hit with the Great Recession, but handled it as well as possible. “I do know that the city weathered the economic slowdown very well. Tax revenue increased each year, but at very low levels,” Grand Ledge Mayor Kalmin Smith said. “For a time there were quite a few empty houses, but that does not seem to be the case now.”

Smith has been the mayor since 2007, so he has seen it all when it comes to the up and downs of his city.

Jobs for veterans a priority for state, local agencies

By ELIZABETH FERGUSON
Capital News Service
LANSING — Officials working to reduce high unemployment among veterans now attack the issue from both ends — they prepare veterans for civilian jobs and educate employers on how to hire veteran talent. In 2013, the veteran unemployment rate in Michigan was 10.6 percent, the second highest rate in the U.S. To combat this, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) created programs that bring veteran talent and employers together. Local organizations are also doing their part to connect veterans to employers in their own community. “It’s a matter of breaking down that wall between employers and veterans, and giving them the opportunity to communicate,” said Kristina Leonardi, director of strategy for Veterans Affairs. The agency starts by preparing veterans for a civilian career through resume building and interviewing skills.