Brian Long

gvsu.edu

The West Michigan economy has been stuck in a slow growth pattern. The economic data from the month of May’s Supply Management Research survey indicates the local economy has turned to “flat growth.”

May was a rough month for U.S. auto sales. General Motors sales fell 18 percent and Ford dropped six percent from a year earlier. Domestic and foreign automakers experienced declines.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University tells us the May auto report has turned West Michigan’s economy flat.

The West Michigan economy continued its slow growth pattern in April.

West Michigan industry remains stable and positive. Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business has released his April survey indicating, and as he puts it, the local economy is “Still rising.”

“If we had to look forward to the summer we would have took at what the auto industry is doing and what the office furniture industry is doing and both of these industries are doing very well.”

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
gvsu.edu

The west Michigan economy got off to a crawl in January. Then the calendar flipped and new orders came pouring in - kick-starting the local economy in February. WGVU takes a closer look at the February Supply Management Research survey.

“We had a very anemic month as the New Year opened and we started to worry a little bit.”

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business described economic growth as “slowing to a crawl” in his January Supply Management Research survey.

The first of West Michigan’s economic data for the New Year has been analyzed and January’s Supply Management Research survey describes the growth as “slowing to a crawl.” WGVU takes a look at the numbers.

“The numbers that we have coming in are just very barely positive and some of them are just slightly negative but on the average we have to say that the economy in West Michigan is flat.”
 

That’s Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

Slow growth continues to be the pace of  West Michigan economic expansion. WGVU takes a look at the numbers from November’s Supply Management Research survey.

The West Michigan economy is doing better than the rest of the state. It’s still growing, but slowing to a crawl. Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business tells us auto parts suppliers, office furniture makers and aerospace are the stabilizing industries. 

Brian G. Long
mlive.com

The West Michigan economy continues its growth but at a slower pace. WGVU takes a look at the numbers from October’s Supply Management Research survey.

In September, the Seidman College of Business Supply Management Research survey employment index turned negative for the first time in nearly six years.

As October comes to a close there’s a sigh of relief.

“Since it flipped back to positive this month we can say that employment will probably continue to grow at the slower rate that we’ve had for the last several months.”