Like finding a needle in a haystack, sometimes you have to look
really hard to see the good things happening in Michigan's job market.
The mainstream media is certainly not going to help you along the way.
If anything, they make the haystack "appear" bigger. Obviously large
company employers in Michigan have seen better days. Right now people
need to know things can get better, and the truth is that they are
getting better, if you know where to look.
Good or bad, big numbers make headlines, especially when it comes to
jobs. When Pfizer downsizes or GM closes another plant, newspapers
plaster the ideas all over the front page. Good news in the job market
rarely receives so much attention, and even when the news is good, only
the big numbers are the ones you're likely to hear about.
What is rarely in the news, but just as important, are the single
positions added by various small companies and entrepreneurships. Each
of these spots puts another qualified individual back to work and
furthers the growth of Michigan's future. Big companies make headlines,
but if business shifts in one direction these jobs can be gone just as
quickly as they are introduced, but small companies are not as affected
by a single business trend. The new Michigan economy will not be held
up by three big corporations, but by thousands of small businesses.