Author Archive | Ted Roelofs


In an improving economy, Michigan workers’ part-time blues

Part-time worker Nicole Jensen, at a Holland jobs fair: “It’s really paycheck to paycheck.” (Photo by Ted Roelofs) A couple weeks after Gov. Rick Snyder issued an upbeat press release about Michigan’s falling unemployment rate, Allegan County resident Nicole Jensen wasn’t feeling as optimistic. Snyder’s March 8 announcement noted that state unemployment had dipped under […]

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Jobs flooding to West Michigan, though wages still lag

Employers like furniture maker Herman Miller in Ottawa County have added to the region’s economic growth. (Photo by Rex Larsen) The announcement a month ago was merely the latest proof that West Michigan continues to spearhead the state’s jobs comeback. The defense contractor Plasan North America declared plans to move its headquarters from Vermont to […]

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Jobs get even scarcer in rural Michigan

Rural communities have suffered in recent decades from plant closings. The White Pine copper mine, which once employed more than 3,000 workers in Ontonagon County, closed in 1995. (Copper sheet from the White Pine mine; photo by James St. John via Flickr, used via Creative Commons license) North of Grand Rapids, residents of Montcalm County […]

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