July 2016
                 
Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge



 
Employment Numbers

Labor force        
Apr 2015 = 77,700
Apr 2016 = 78,900
May 2015 = 78,800
May 2016 = 79,900
June 2015 = 78,400
June 2016 = 79,900

Employment     
Apr 2015 = 72,900
Apr 2016 = 75,200
May 2015 = 73,900
May 2016 = 76,200
June 2015 = 78,400
June 2016 = 75,900
 

Employment by Sector

Goods Producing
Apr 2015 = 15,400
Apr 2016 = 16,200
May 2015 = 15,100
May 2016 = 16,500
June 2015 = 15,200
June 2016 = 16,700
 

Service Providing
Apr 2015 = 47,900
Apr 2016 = 48,600
May 2015 = 49,200
May 2016 = 49,700
June 2015 = 49,100
June 2016 = 50,000
 
 
Business Counseling Appointments

SCORE & MI-SBDC
Apr 2015 = 52
Apr 2016 = 58
May 2015 = 40
May 2016 = 36
June 2015 = 59
June 2016 = 23
 

Home Sales (Muskegon County)

Homes Sold
Apr 2015 = 186
Apr 2016 = 211
May 2015 = 224
May 2016 = 236
June 2015 = 243
June 2016 = 230
 
 
Average Sale Price
Apr 2015 = $113, 032
Apr 2016 = $110,947
May 2015 = $128,478
May 2016 = $134,296
June 2015 = $129,352
June 2016 = $137,069
 
 
Airport Traffic

Takeoffs & Landings
Apr 2015 = 2,965
Apr 2016 = 1,968
May 2015 = 2,623
May 2016 = 2,728
June 2015 = 3,365
June 2016 = 2,648


Airport Cargo in lbs.
Apr 2015 = 9,140
Apr 2016 = 1,745
May 2015 = 887
May 2016 = 1,040
June 2015 = 14,800
June 2016 = 22,468


Commercial Passengers
Apr 2015 = 3,085
Apr 2016 = 3,132
May 2015 = 2,711
May 2016 = 2,840
June 2015 = 3,512
June 2016 = 4,115
 
 
Michigan Works Statistics

Known Jobs Filled 
Apr 2015 = 249
Apr 2016 = 49
May 2015 = 158
May 2016 = 37
June 2015 = 148
June 2016 = 275
 
 
Job Seekers (Unique Visitors)
Apr 2015 = 2,107
Apr 2016 = 1,440
May 2015 = 1,909
May 2016 = 1,726
June 2015 = 2,165
June 2016 = 1,446



Top Industries Advertised Online Demand 
Industry
June
2016
June
2015
Retail Trade
96
82
Health Care & Social Assistance
91
135
Manufacturing
81
54

Top Muskegon Job Occupations Advertised Online (June 2016)
Occupation
New Job  
Postings
Registered Nurse
46
Truck Driver
39
Combined Food Preparation & Serving Working
27
Retail Salesperson
25
Sales Representative
23

Statistics provided by:
The Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth; Local Municipalities, Michigan Association of Realtors, Muskegon County Airport, Muskegon Area First, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Small Business Development Center, and West Michigan Works! 

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200 People Attend Port Day
Muskegon's first Port Day brought over 200 people to Downtown Muskegon July 26. 

Leaders in the logistics industry spent time with local government officials as the Port City Princess, a dinner cruise boat, motored around the Port of Muskegon.

Before the tour, a lineup of speakers spoke about the Port of Muskegon's assets onboard the LST 393 Museum, a World War II tank carrier docked in downtown Muskegon. These unique selling points include:
  • Muskegon Lake is the largest natural deep-water port in West Michigan
  • A more vibrant Port of Muskegon could support 1,700 jobs and more than $280 million in economic activity a year, according to a study sponsored by Consumers Energy
  • Muskegon could be the site of a "multi-modal logistics hub" with its rail access, interstate highways and the Muskegon County Airport
Muskegon Community College Names General Contractor

Clark Construction out of Lansing was awarded the $11 million contract to construct Muskegon Community College's downtown center.

Clark Construction was the low bidder for general contractor services, submitting a bid $4,000 less than the bid submitted by Beckering Corp. of Grand Rapids. The bid was for the renovation of both the former Muskegon Chronicle Building and the adjacent former Masonic Temple.

The former Muskegon Chronicle building will house such applied technology programs as machining, CAD, plastics technology, materials/foundry and welding. The former Masonic Temple will house an entrepreneurial studies center.

Construction on the downtown center is anticipated to begin next month with completion in fall 2017.
Shoreline Vision
New Restaurants and Retail Shops Take Over Muskegon


2016 has been an exciting year for Muskegon, as it has welcomed dozens of new or re-modeled restaurants and retail shops. 

There are seven specific businesses that have done their part in helping Muskegon GO! Three of these businesses were already in existence, but decided it was time to renovate their space. The Bear Lake Tavern, located in North Muskegon, Steak 'N Egger, also located in North Muskegon, and Treasure Hunt Antiques, located in Roosevelt Park all have transformed their facility into something new and unique.

The Front Porch, located in Downtown Muskegon, offers antiques, vintage and revived goods. SE4SONS Gastropub, located at the Muskegon Country Club, is an upscale restaurant open to the public, with lakeside dining. The Coffee Factory, located in Downtown Muskegon, offers coffee and other treats. Harvey Street Marketplace, located along the Harvey St. Corridor, offers a wide variety of products from local artisans and much more.

Smokehouse BBQ, Blended Furniture Market, Brooklyn's and Lake Michigan Sandy Dog are just a few other new or recently renovated businesses. 
                 
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