Manufacturing employment in the state of Michigan has attained its highest level in 10 years, according to just-released figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 611,300 Michigan workers employed in the manufacturing sector in August, the most for any month since June 2007, when 612,300 were involved in making things here.

The figures include everyone from workers at a Battle Creek cereal packaging plant to those making auto parts at a Flint plant. The rebound is still short of Michigan manufacturing’s 21st-century high-water mark, which was 901,000 people in June 2000.

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Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, and with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by services like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win. Not everyone agrees. Some in the accommodations and tourism industries aren’t happy with the increased competition and are advocating for limiting people’s rights to rent out their homes. Some homeowner associations are pushing back as well. And while cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids have mostly embraced home sharing, some local governments have restricted and even banned the practice.

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