A Tale of Two Recessions

Michigan actually lost more jobs in 2001 than 2008

Comment Print Mail ShareFacebook Twitter More

Michigan's economy in the 21st Century is defined by two major recessions: the one in 2001 and the most recent in 2008.

But the tale of two recessions is a cautionary one that says public policy that discourages business can play as big a part in economic down swings as plant closings, said James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Consider that in the first three quarters of 2001, Michigan gained 808,142 jobs and lost 935,458. However, in the last quarter of 2008 and the first two quarters of 2009, Michigan lost 883,412 jobs, about 52,000 fewer jobs lost than eight years earlier. But Michigan only added 577,743 jobs in those three quarters in 2008-09, about 29 percent fewer jobs added than in 2001.

Stay Engaged

Receive our weekly emails!

Job stifling legislation or regulations can be just as damaging to the economy as a plant shuttering, Hohman said.

"Recessions are caused just as equally by jobs not being created as much as people losing their jobs," Hohman said.


See also:

Michigan Residents Doing Better Financially

Michigan's Increased Unemployment the Result of Growing Labor Force

A Look at Michigan's June Spike In Unemployment Rate

Michigan Radio Doubles Down on 'Anemic' Job Growth Claim

Majority of Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Are In Right-to-Work States

Michigan's Job Growth Is More Than Just Auto-Related

Michigan's Gross Domestic Product Grows In 2012

Despite Media Claims, Michigan Among Highest Job Growth States


Related Articles:

Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

Black Job Growth in Michigan Far Out-Pacing Other Groups Post Recession

Job Churn Shows Why Targeted Tax Favors Do Not Work

Teaching Jobs Still Getting Plenty of Applicants

Did Gov. Snyder Create 275,000 jobs?

Michigan Has Third Largest GDP Growth Since Recession

Stay Engaged

Simply enter your email below to receive our weekly email:


Education Policy Director Ben DeGrow discusses his study and its context to Michigan's Adequacy Report in Education Spending, May 2016. To see study go to http://www.mackinac.org/22332

Related Sites