Our ECONOMY/JOBS category provides users with an extensive list of articles dealing with past, present, and future issues relating to jobs and the economy in Upper Michigan.

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“Lost” Labor History of the Upper Peninsula

Historian and author Russell Magnaghi gives an overview of the early labor history in the Upper Peninsula, spanning from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

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Discussing the New Office of Rural Development with Gary McDowell

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down once again with former U.P. legislator and current director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Gary McDowell to discuss the newly-created Office of Rural Development.

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Max Steele’s Analysis of Earned Income Tax Credit in the Upper Peninsula

In a new paper, NMU student and Rural Insights research contributor Max Steele looks at the unique factors of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that vary across counties, such as wealth, income, and population, and how those factors affect the applicability of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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New Paper: Recent Population Changes in the U.P. Amidst the Pandemic

A new research paper by NMU professor and Rural Insights contributor Michael Broadway and NMU student and research assistant Joslin Brown looks at the population changes in the Upper Peninsula amidst the Covid pandemic.

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Building a Community of Women-Owned Businesses in Dickinson County

Elsa Faust Pontbriand, who owns the CWRK Collective coworking space in Iron Mountain, shares her story of how she’s been able to contribute to the ecosystem of women-owned businesses in Dickinson County.

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