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Stateside: Michigan’s potential Delta dodge; recycling plastic into clothes; worker shortage dilemma

a nurse holds a vial of one of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Michigan is either lagging behind much of the country in the latest Delta variant spike, or will largely dodge a significant surge. On today's Stateside, a look into the favorable trend Michigan is experiencing. Also, a conversation about worker shortages in the restaurant industry, and how the end of federal unemployment benefits may impact the workforce.


Latest stats show Michigan dodging the worst of delta surge
Stateside's conversation with Mike Wilkinson

  • Mike Wilkinson, reporter, Bridge Michigan
GVSU student entrepreneurs transform plastic waste into sporting attire, helping the Great Lakes
Stateside's conversation with Chad Howell

  • Chad Howell, co-founder, Forever Great 
Restaurant staffing shortage: choosing between cutting back business hours or burning out employees
Stateside's conversation with Ari Weinzweig

  • Ari Weinzweig, co-founder, Zingerman’s
Jobs, risk, and federal cash: what the end of pandemic benefits means in Michigan
Stateside's conversation with Betsey Stevenson

  • Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy, University of Michigan


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