GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids’ job market is expected to continue to grow steadily in 2018, though not as dramatically as last year.
According to the W.E. Upjohn Institute, a West Michigan think tank for employment research, Grand Rapids added 13,000 more jobs in 2017, an increase of 2.5 percent. That was surprising for Jim Robey, the director of regional economic planning services of the Upjohn Institute. He said it wasn’t expected due to the tight employment market.
The institute’s economic forecast for 2018 calls for slower employment growth at .74 percent as the region will continue to be home to a competitive market and expanding businesses.
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