New Data On Earnings From Work By Education Attainment

New data on earnings from work by education attainment

The recently released 2017 American Community Survey provides data on median earnings from work of those 25 and older who worked. The table at the end of this post presents that data for the nation, Michigan, and Minnesota--the Great Lakes most prosperous state. Earnings included in the data are wages and salaries from a job plus net self-employment income. Employer-paid…

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Michigan Needs More Than Fixing The Roads

Michigan needs more than fixing the roads

If there is one issue that both Michigan candidates for governor seem to agree on it is that fixing the roads is a top priority. Good news in a state that for a decade or more let its 20th Century infrastructure crumble. But saying you are in favor of fixing the roads is not enough. First we need to know…

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Time For A New Approach For Achieving Prosperity

Time for a new approach for achieving prosperity

From our inception more than a quarter century ago Michigan Future's focus has been on achieving prosperity for all Michigan households. Recreating a Michigan that is one of the most prosperous places on the planet as we were for most of the 20th Century. In our first-ever state policy agenda we pull together all that we have learned about the…

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Low Unemployment Is Not Economic Well Being

Low unemployment is not economic well being

Three New York Times articles lay out the new reality that having a low unemployment rate does not mean that American households are doing well economically. In fact today's reality is that increasingly the two are disconnected. Lots of people working and struggling to make ends meet. As we wrote in our state economic policy agenda: A prosperous Michigan is…

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Michigan Has Had A Good Eight Years, Minnesota Has Been Better

Michigan has had a good eight years, Minnesota has been better

Over the last eight years Michigan has experienced a strong recovery from the Great Recession. The headline being 500,000 new jobs. Good news indeed for a state that lost jobs every year during the previous decade. As well as Michiganders have done the past eight years, Minnesotans have done better. Michigan’s employment growth has been stronger. But Minnesotans over the…

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