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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Intern Programs Give Students a Preview of Living and Working in the Dickinson Area

Each summer, the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance partners with local employers to host an intern social for young adults that are temporarily calling the Dickinson area home while getting real-world working experience.

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Population Decline is Not Inevitable: Evidence from the Northlands

Michael and John Broadway explore how some areas in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have experienced population increases when most rural areas have continued to see population decreases for much of the last century, and what this means for the Upper Peninsula and economic leaders looking to reverse the out-migration in the UP.

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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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