Jobs and Economy

Reports and Advocacy

Falling Short 2017: Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Continues to Neglect Many Workers Who Need It Jan 9, 2017

Labor Day Report: Michigan Has Lost 326,000 Workers Since 2000 Sept 4, 2017

Budget Brief: Michigan Must Invest Further in Postsecondary Education and Financial Aid to Improve Economic Security for All May 17, 2017

Block Granting Food Assistance: An Unnecessary Change That Would Hurt Michigan Families April 25, 2017

Budget Brief: Increase Adult Education Funding to Prepare More Workers for Job Training and Skilled Work April 2017

Back to School Report: Rising Tuition and Weak Financial Aid Create More Student Debt Sept 2016

Willing to Work and Ready to Learn: More Adult Education Would Strengthen Michigan’s Economy updated May 2016

Labor Day Report: Economic Recovery Eludes Many Michigan Families Sept 2015

Infographic: Proposal 1 Helps Michigan’s Working Families and Roads Feb 19, 2015

State’s Failure to Guarantee Child Care Safety Places Children at Risk Jan 2015

Failure to Invest in High-Quality Child Care Hurts Children and State’s Economy Sept 2014

Fact Sheet: Pay Falls for Men Earning Low Wages, Yet Women Far Behind Sept 2014

Labor Day in Michigan Report: Pay Falls for Low-Wage Men yet Women Still Far Behind Aug 2014

State Financial Aid Leaves Adult Learners Behind Aug 2014

Postsecondary Education Budgets Take Good Step, But University Tuition Remains Unaffordable July 2014

Fact Sheet: Raising the Minimum Wage Helps Women, Promotes Pay Equity April 2014

Fact Sheet: Restore Michigan’s EITC to Help Working Families (updated) March 2014

Report: Making Ends Meet in Michigan: A Basic Needs Income Level for Family Well-Being March 2014

News release: Report: Too many low-income working moms in Michigan Feb 2014

Fact Sheet: Raising the Minimum Wage: Good for Working Families, Good for Michigan  Feb 2014

Raising the Minimum Wage: Good for Working Families, Good for Michigan’s Economy  Feb 2014

Labor Day Report: Michigan’s Paycheck Blues Aug 2013

Michigan has highest African American unemployment in nation May 2013

Leave No College Student Behind: Rewarding Institutions That Help At-Risk Students March 2013

A third of working families struggle with basic needs Jan  2013

Board statement opposing Right-to-Work legislation Dec 2012

Keeping It Affordable in Michigan: Disinvestment in Financial Aid Grants Hurts Students and Their Families  | Executive Summary Nov 2012

Labor Day Report Michigan’s Falling Unemployment Rate Masks Serious Concerns; State Has Highest Poverty Rate in Midwest for Working Families Sept 2012

Strengthening Foundational Skills: A Strategy for Restoring Good Jobs and Economic Security in Michigan Aug 2012

Work Sharing: A Win-Win for Workers and Employers July 2012

Michigan families get $244 million tax hike from EITC cut May 2012

Letter to lawmakers: The EITC is working hard for working people Jan 2012

Falling Short: Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Compares Poorly with Other States Nov 2011

Labor Day Report Long-Term Unemployment Hits High Water Mark; Long Job Searches Underscore Need for Postsecondary Education Aug., 2011 Executive summary

The Key Ingredient: Data is Crucial to Building Michigan’s Workforce System July 2011 Executive summary

Economic Self-Sufficiency in Michigan: A Benchmark for Ensuring Family Well-Being, 5th edition June 2011

Heading South: U.S.-Mexico trade and job displacement after NAFTA June 2011

The Basic Economic Security Tables with Wider Opportunities for Women May 2011 Executive summary;  Wages for Michigan, 83 counties and the city of Detroit

Senate-Passed Plan Preserves the Spirit of the EITC May 2011

Keeping Kids out of Poverty with the Michigan EITC May 2011

Testimony on FY 2011-12 School Aid Budget Senate School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee  April 2011

Fact Sheet: Unemployment Benefits Shortened March 2011


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