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U-M programs spur job growth, receive economic development award from International Economic Development Council

By Alex Piazza Office of Research The largest international economic development organization has recognized a University of Michigan institute for successful implementation of innovative programs that have helped create more than 1,000 high-tech jobs throughout the state. The university’s Economic Growth Institute recently received the International Economic Development Council’s Excellence in Economic Development Award for

Michigan unemployment rate remains 4.8% for April

Michigan added 6,000 new jobs in April and the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.8% as the state's workforce continued to expand. The state’s unemployment rate in April was two-tenths of a percentage point below the national rate of 5%.  The U.S. jobless rate was also unchanged from March to April. And some geographic areas are

State of Michigan faces $460M deficit; painful cuts to be made

The state of Michigan is facing a $ 460 million deficit over the next two years. That means some painful cuts will have to be made - including state services you depend on. That means officials will have to cut costs and state services you depend on could be on the chopping block. But at

5 things to know about the 44,153 jobs coming to Oakland County by 2018

Oakland County's job growth will continue through 2018, according to researchers who expect the unemployment rate for Michigan's second-most populated county to fall to 3.3 percent in three years. That was just part of the forecast showcasing Oakland County's recovery presented Thursday, May 5, by University of Michigan economists George Fulton and Donald Grimes at the

Report reveals stories of poorly run, unclean kitchens in Michigan prisons

Gangs controlling the lunch-line, staff not following sanitation regulations, and questionable cost-cutting moves are just some of the accusations laid out in a new report on the Michigan prisons’ privatized food system. University of Michigan researcher Roland Zullo this week released a report chronicling the Michigan’s Department of Corrections’ move to privatize prison food service

Inside the government’s student loan problem

Come January, dozens of private companies will bid to win lucrative government contracts to manage a chunk of the nation’s outstanding $1.3 trillion in federal student loan debt. At the forefront of that group will be Navient (NAVI), one of the four largest companies currently contracted by the government to service student loan debt for

Michigan to clamp down on privatized prison deals

LANSING—The Michigan Department of Corrections, which was at the center of a recent controversy over problems with its former prison food contractor, is setting up a 30-person unit to monitor the department’s private contracts for the supply of food, medical treatment and other services. Though privatization is on the rise in state government, officials say the

Pay, right to work cited in slow Mich. teacher talks

Nearly a month into the school year, teachers in more than a dozen Michigan districts are working without contracts as negotiations bog down over wages and other issues. After years of pay and benefit concessions, teachers are clamoring for raises, while districts say they need to hold the line on costs because of flat or

SCIP/TCA connects entrepreneurs with university resources

Michigan entrepreneurs have an option for getting products to market faster, thanks to a matching funds program called Small Company Innovation Program, Technology and Commercialization Assistance (SCIP/TCA; pronounced “skip T-C-A”).    In collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and funded by the Michigan Strategic Fund, the University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Labor Employment

Right to Work: Right or Wrong for Michigan? – Event Audio/Video

The Michigan Lawyers Chapter hosted this panel on March 1, 2012, at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan. Panelists: Rep. Vicki Barnett, Michigan State Representative, 37th House District Mr. Stanley Greer, Newsletter Editor, National Right to Work Committee and Senior Research Associate, National Institute for Labor Relations Research Rep. Mike Shirkey, Michigan State Representative, 65th House District Prof.