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Michigan not ‘killing it’ in jobs creation, despite boast from VP Harris

State is in the bottom third for job creation

Vice President Kamala Harris told a crowd in Detroit during a May 6 campaign stop that Michigan is “killing it in terms of jobs, job creation,” according to MIRS News.

Harris made the comment after encouraging people to apply for fellowships at the U.S. Department of Energy, citing the auto industry’s move to electric vehicles.

Michigan lost 4,200 auto and auto parts manufacturing jobs in the past year, a 2.5% decline, said James Hohman, director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The rest of the country added 46,500 auto and auto parts jobs, for a 5.4% increase over the same period, he added.

Michigan has been the 12th-weakest state for job recovery since the pandemic, Hohman said, with a total gain of 0.9%. The state is up 0.8% over the past year, making it 13th-weakest among all states.

As CapCon has previously reported, a government-induced switch to electric vehicles may lead to fewer automotive jobs in the state.


Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.