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Detroit gained second-most manufacturing jobs in U.S.; auto workers paid $21,000 above industry average. View full sizeAP file photoDetroit'ÂÂs 74,000 motor vehicles and parts workers earn $21,000 above the industry average of $59,000, according to the Brookings Institute report.

Detroit gained second-most manufacturing jobs in U.S.; auto workers paid $21,000 above industry average

DETROIT, MI- Manufacturing in Metro Detroit has grown in the past two years more than almost every major metropolitan area in the U.S., according to a report today from the Brookings Institution. The "Locating American Manufacturing: Trends in the Geography of Production" report found that manufacturing in the Motor City and its surrounding areas increased 12.1 percent from the first quarter of 2010 to the fourth quarter of 2011. The national average was 2.7 percent. Only Charleston, S.C., increased more than Metro Detroit, with a 14 percent growth in manufacturing jobs in the two-year period. Editorial: Raising minimum wage hurts low-skill workers. California will increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 and New York is poised to do the same.

Editorial: Raising minimum wage hurts low-skill workers

Fight for $15, a national activist group pushing the higher wages, also has a presence in Michigan and is expected to continue working its agenda in the state. With those measures — and with proposals from Democratic presidential candidates to raise the federal minimum wage — this is an issue that won’t fade away. Got job skills? Michigan needs you. As baby boomers retire in ever increasing numbers, employers throughout Michigan are facing a growing problem finding workers with the education, training and skills needed to fill their jobs. Industries in Michigan from construction to health care are facing shortages of competent workers. Those shortages are growing more acute as Michigan's unemployment rate continues to decline toward the 5% mark and the pool of available talent shrinks. Shortages of qualified workers — known as the "skills gap" — presents a drag on Michigan's future economic growth.

One area where it is felt most acutely is in the state's construction industry, which is facing shortages of carpenters, electricians and other skilled trades. Motor City: The Story of Detroit. Our Editorial: Detroit skills gap still too wide. Detroit’s economic recovery has made it to several of the city’s centers — mainly downtown, Midtown and Corktown.

Our Editorial: Detroit skills gap still too wide

But the city’s neighborhoods remain poverty-stricken, with tens of thousands of residents who lack education and are unable to find a job that matches their skill levels. Despite the resurgence, there are still far too few jobs in Detroit, and more worrisome, too few jobs available to Detroiters. That’s what a recent workforce study has revealed, underscoring that Detroit’s major challenge is educating and training its residents for the kinds of jobs increasingly available in the Motor City. The city’s revitalization will ultimately mean little if it doesn’t provide economic progress for all Detroiters, and the city won’t sustain long-term growth if it doesn’t close the skills gap between its residents and its job creators. Fulltext. How Detroit Leaders Ignored Causes of Bankruptcy for 65 Years. By Lew Mandell The signs of Detroit’s decline have been well-recognized for 65 years.

How Detroit Leaders Ignored Causes of Bankruptcy for 65 Years

Photo courtesy of Spencer Platt/Getty Images. For the past few months, Lew Mandell, author of “What to Do When I Get Stupid,” has been our retirement finance guru. He’s addressed multiple ways to close the retirement income gap, encouraging boomers to plan ahead before they lose their financial faculties to old age. Manufacturing Bankruptcy. PENSION THEFT: IMPORTED from Detroit?

Manufacturing Bankruptcy

In giving the state-appointed Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr the green light to take the city into bankruptcy, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes’ December 3 ruling opens up a national offensive to loot public sector workers’ pension and health care benefits. Within a week Forbes magazine, aimed at audiences who don’t rely on public sector pensions for their secure retirement, published an article proclaiming “a silver lining” to be found in the ruling. How Can Detroit Bounce Back After Bankruptcy? – ThinkProgress. Detroit’s bankruptcy process could take a year or more.

How Can Detroit Bounce Back After Bankruptcy? – ThinkProgress

But development experts who focus on the Great Lakes region say the city and the nation must get smart about its medium-term future now. If state, local, and national policymakers work together to take advantage of its geography and industrial infrastructure, while recognizing that it must consolidate, the future can be bright. Detroit’s geography will play a crucial role because the city sits on the border with America’s largest trading partner. “There are lots of advantages: access to the Canadian market, importance as a transport center for goods,” said Thomas Sugrue, a professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and the author the book on Detroit The Origins of the Urban Crisis. The city will also have to shrink to be strong. Detroit Rising: Life after bankruptcy. One year after a federal judge approves Detroit's bankruptcy exit plan, progress has been made while looming challenges remain, especially city pensions The City of Detroit has more than enough cash to pay its daily bills.

Detroit Rising: Life after bankruptcy

Thousands of busted streetlights have been replaced.