Michigan Unemployment Rate Falls Slightly In July

Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July declined slightly over the month by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.5 percent, according to data released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

Total employment decreased by 20,000 over the month while the number of unemployed fell by 8,000. The net result was a 28,000 reduction in the state’s labor force. The Michigan jobless rate in July 2016 was seven-tenths of a percentage point below the state’s July 2015 rate of 5.2 percent.


Groundbreaking Event Held For New Escanaba Marketplace

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the new Escanaba Market Place project.

An 8,000 square-foot pavilion is to be built on the 1500 block of Ludington Street. The new marketplace will host the Escanaba Farmer’s Market, downtown events and even new events such as flea markets. It will also be available to the public to rent for wedding receptions, company picnics and class reunions.

“What this is going to do is really be a catalyst for economic development downtown,”


DNR Holding Forest Open House Thursday In Stephenson

If you live adjacent to, have a cottage or camp near, or simply like to spend time on the state-managed forest land in Delta and Menominee counties, here’s an opportunity to look over and comment on proposed 2018 forest plans for these areas.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house 3-6 p.m. Central on Thursday at the DNR Stephenson Field Office, West 5420 River Road. For more efficient oversight,


Marquette DDA Installing ‘Smart’ Parking Meters

The Marquette DDA is testing what it calls smart parking meters in the City’s downtown district. The new meters accept coins and credit cards and were installed on Wednesday. They’re also testing a pay-by-plate station in the lower level of the Bluff Street Parking Ramp. The station will still permit 2-hours free parking but allow drivers to purchase additional time to park. If the new meters work out over the next two months, they say,


Governor’s PAC Claims Success In August Endorsements

Governor Rick Snyder may have coattails—even though he wasn’t on the ballot on Tuesday. The governor’s Relentless Positive Action PAC says all of its endorsed candidates won their primary battles this week. The group is also touting what it calls the Snyder administration’s accomplishments—including elimination of a one and a half billion dollar state budget deficit, and the lowest unemployment rate in 15 years.

Meanwhile, the Michigan Freedom network says 13 of the 15 candidates it endorsed won their primaries.


Attorney General Says E-Mails Are Not Coming From Him

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Wednesday released a new consumer alert after several Michigan businesses reported receiving a suspicious email from—quoting now—“The Office of The Attorney General.” Attached to the email is a complaint that requires a response. When the attachment is opened, though, it installs malware which steals your confidential information. Schuette’s advice? Just hit “delete.”


Chocolay Township Listed As One Of Michigan’s Safest

Marquette County’s Chocolay Township has been voted 15th out of the 20 Safest Cities in Michigan. That’s according to a report from SafeWise, conducted in late July. Local Three News reports that Chippewa County’s Kinross Township also made the list. Recent FBI crime data was taken into consideration while filing the report, according to Local Three.


Light Ballot On Election Day In Schoolcraft County

It was a light ballot Tuesday in Schoolcraft County.

There were Republican primaries for two seats on the county board. In District Two, Allan Ott defeated Joan Brown, 90-to-83. In District Five, Dan Hoholik defeated Georgia Peitsch, 89-to-56.
There was a three-way Democratic primary for a seat on the Schoolcraft County Road Commission. Keith Rochefort had the most votes with 469. Dale Dufour finished second with 364 votes and Robin LaCroix was third with 338.