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Manufacturing Continues to Lead Economic Recovery According to State Data

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget has published the Wage & Salary Employment data for the first quarter of 2012. This is a data series tracking jobs covered by the Unemployment Insurance program. The updated data for the northwest lower Michigan region and its labor markets is available on our website at  (look for the "Updated" flag).

The following table shows that manufacturing employment growth out-paced other industries from the first quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2012, and continued to lead the local economic recovery into the first quarter of 2012.  For that time period, manufacturing was the third largest industry in the region, based on employment.

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