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


Regional Employment

Average Wages by Occupation

MEDC Economic Profiler – This profiler provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a tool that enables you to view economic information in a way that best meets your needs. You can:

  • view county level data.
  • view one county or several counties.
  • view one year or many years.
  • view data one way then change your view and see it another way.

Population Estimates of NLEA Cities, Villages, Counties: 2009-2013

    2009-2013 population est. Total
Antrim County Bellaire Village 920  
  Central Lake Village  1,078  
  Elk Rapids Village  1,652  
  Ellsworth Village  337  
  Mancelona Village 1,527 23,504
Charlevoix County Boyne City 3,741  
  Boyne Falls Village 309  
  Charlevoix City 2,532  
  East Jordan City 2,133 26,030
Cheboygan County Cheboygan City 4,845  
  Mackinaw City Village 809  
  Wolverine Village 254 25,985
Emmet County Alanson Village 650  
  Harbor Springs City 947  
  Mackinaw City Village 809  
  Pellston Village 990  
  Petoskey City 5,716 32,858
NLEA Counties Antrim County  23,504  
  Charlevoix County  26,030  
  Cheboygan County  25,985  
  Emmet County  32,858  
  State of Michigan  9,886,095  

Source: 2009-2013 American Community Survey

NLEA Region Population & Income

Click below to review the NLEA Region’s  Local Area Personal Income & Employment, Personal income, per capita personal income and population. NLEA Region Population and Income

All Jobs Are Not Created Equal

Of course all jobs are important; however, “base jobs” have the additional punch of adding “spin-off jobs”. Base jobs are the jobs that create income and wealth for a community and serve as the foundation, the “base,” of that local economy. In the private sector, base jobs are supported predominantly by sales to out-of-county customers. For the four counties that make up the NLEA region, the number of “spin off jobs” created by base employment ranges from 1.18 to 1.50. For more info and to view info for all counties click below or visit 2015-2016 Michigan Multipliers

State of the NLEA Region Economy


Northwest Lower Michigan Wage Survey Available

The partners in this study initiated wage survey research in order to provide cost effective, reliable salary data for businesses located in the Northwest Lower Peninsula region of Michigan. – Click here for the full Survey

Northwest Michigan Regional Prosperity Plan

The Framework for Our Future: A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan is a regional resource for communities working to meet local goals. The Framework was developed, with participation from a broad range of community leaders, stakeholders, and the public, as part of Michigan’s Regional Prosperity Initiative. It includes a wealth of information and tools that all parts of the community – the public, community leaders, businesses, nonprofits, public agencies, and statewide stakeholders – can use to supplement their local deliberation, planning, and decision-making processes. Click here to view The Framework for Our Future Chapters.

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