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Michigan job prospects expected to improve in 2015

Michigan can expect “brisk” job growth at the start of 2015, according to a new report.

Twenty-five percent of Michigan employers tell Manpower they expect to hire new people during the first three months of 2015. Only Hawaii and North Dakota posted higher numbers.   

Manpower’s Becca Dernberger says construction and manufacturing led the list, though she adds the hiring looks to be spread throughout the state’s economy.

She says plans for increased hiring in construction is especially good for Michigan’s economy.

“That says that it’s sustainable growth, not just a blip in the system,” says Durnberger.

Manpower also ranked Grand Rapids as one of the top five for cities with the strongest job prospects in the first quarter of 2015. 

Michigan’s unemployment rate dipped to nearly 7% this fall, nearly half its peak during the Great Recession.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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