Providing resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Emmet Counties.

Local Labor Force Continues Post-COVID Growth; But There’s Still Cause for Concern

September 21, 2023

Monthly labor force data shows the regional workforce is approaching pre-COVID levels. However, the region’s aging population poses a long term challenge.

By: Sam Bailey – Strategic Initiatives Manager, NLEA There is good newsread more

How Much Does Tourism Really Impact the Local Economy?

June 19, 2023

Examining the economic impact of tourism through PureMichigan data and seasonal population estimates.

By Sam Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager The short answer, a lot. Now that it is June, seasonal residents and visitors are… read more

Seasonal Swing Begins: Summer Labor Force Expectations

May 5, 2023

summer teen job population

This article examines the annual labor force cycle as thousands of workers enter the the labor force each summer.

By Sam Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager It is May in Northern Michigan! College students and seasonal residents… read more

Won’t You be My Neighbor: Population Trends in Northern Lower Michigan

January 18, 2023

Using Census data, this article examines the changing size and characteristics of the population over the last decade.

by Sam Bailey, NLEA Strategic Initiatives Manager Has someone new joined your neighborhood or apartment building… read more

School is Out, Are Teen Workers In?

June 21, 2022

This article examines the integral role of young workers in meeting seasonal labor demands. However, long term demographic trends show this labor pool is shrinking.

By: Sam Bailey, NLEA Strategic Initiatives Manager With high school and… read more

Northern Michigan is Going Grey: An Aging Population and Its Effects

September 11, 2021

The populations of each NLEA county are aging which has poses a challenge for future economic success.

By: Sam Bailey, NLEA/DTE Energy Foundation Graduate Intern ‘21 Everyone goes grey at a different rate, but Northern Lower Michigan is… read more

Quantifying the Local Labor Shortage

August 18, 2021

Using Bureau of Labor Statistics data, discover how industry clusters are growing or shrinking in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet County.

By: Sam Bailey, NLEA/DTE Foundation Graduate Intern Living in Northern Lower Michigan,… read more

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