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Michigan Among States Where It’s Hardest to Find Full-Time Work

The U.S. unemployment rate is currently 4.4%, nearly its lowest point in a decade. While the unemployment rate reflects the millions of Americans who are out of work and actively seeking employment, the measure does not fully capture the degree to which Americans are unable to find the jobs they want. In addition to those […]

Detroit Remains Most Segregated City in America

Next year will mark the 50-year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act. The landmark bill prohibited by law long-standing practices of housing segregation based on race by landlords and local governments. Despite the law, housing discrimination never fully disappeared, and the effects of decades of discrimination […]

Detroit Unemployment Rate Higher Than Nation

Nationwide, 4.4% of the American labor force is unemployed, a large improvement from the recessionary unemployment peak of 9.9% in 2010. In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area, the unemployment rate of 5.3% is higher than the national figure and far lower than the city’s recessionary peak unemployment rate of 14.9%. The industry composition within a city […]

Why Cancer is More Common in Detroit

Surpassed by only heart disease, cancer is second leading cause of death in the United States. There are roughly 448 cases of cancer per 100,000 Americans, accounting for 22.5% of all deaths nationwide. In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area, an estimated 501 out of every 100,000 residents have been diagnosed with cancer, higher than the national […]

The University of Michigan is the Largest Employer in the State

Most state economies are relatively diverse, yet it is not uncommon for a single industry to have an outsized impact on the state’s economy and labor market. In some cases, a single company employs a significant share of the state’s workforce. State governments tend to be the largest employers in each state. There are more […]

Detroit Less Racially Diverse Than Nation

In America today, 62.8% of the population is white, and 12.2% is African American. Dense, urban cities tend to be more racially diverse than the country as a whole. In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area, however, 67.4% of residents are white and 22.4% are African American. Wealth is often divided along racial lines. Nationwide, the typical […]

Why Public Transit Use is Less Common in Detroit

An estimated 5.2% of American workers commute on public transit. Larger, denser cities often require comprehensive public transportation systems that can reduce residents’ dependence on automobiles and help decrease traffic congestion, air pollution, and in some cases, travel time. In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area, 1.2% of workers commute on public transit, smaller than the national […]

Michigan is Worse Than Most States For Business

For 83 straight months, nearly seven years, the U.S. private sector has added jobs. Unemployment has steadily declined and remains close to a 10-year low. And with investors confident about the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the 20,000 mark early this year. By these and other key measures, business in the United […]

The Marriott Hotel, Renaissance Center I is Michigan’s Tallest Building

Mankind has always sought to rise above the clouds, but it was not until the late 19th century that the technology became available to make what we commonly call skyscrapers today possible. In 1884, construction on the Home Insurance Building in Chicago was completed. It was 12 stories tall, which is practically diminutive by today’s […]

Michigan is Among the Most Miserable States

Nationwide, Americans’ well-being improved in 2016 compared to 2015 and 2014. While many enjoy comfortable, healthy, and happy living and take their well-being for granted, not all Americans enjoy such standards. For many, hardship, pain, and despair can be a part of life as for them basic elements of well-being remain elusive. The well-being of […]

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