Economic forecast spells good news for Michigan jobs

April 6, 2011

There was good news out of Lansing today: Economic forecasters say the Michigan economy is off to a “stronger-than-expected” start, according to The Associated Press.

The state expects to add 64,600 jobs this year, according to the University of Michigan’s Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics as reported in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. Seminar director George Fulton says the forecast also includes job gains of 61,500 in 2012.

Both of these forecasts are even better than those offered in November. According to the article:

Fulton expects Michigan’s unemployment rate to drop to 9.9 percent by the last quarter of this year and to reach 9.5 percent by the end of 2012.

Michigan’s jobless rate peaked at 14.1 percent in July and August 2009.

Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 10.4 percent. That was a decrease of three-tenths of a percentage point and was well below the February 2010 rate of 13.5 percent.

So maybe you’re one of the state’s thousands of job seekers. Are you aware of how your wardrobe impacts your interview? According to, there are a few fashion blunders to avoid. Those include:

Wild nail polish. And for both genders, make sure your nails are trimmed and neat.

Noisy jewelry. According to Monster, you shouldn’t wear more than two rings per hand or one earring per ear. No face jewelry and no ankle bracelets.

Open-toed or backless shoes. This one actually surprised me (and made me wonder if I’ve ever committed this faux pas).

Bare legs. Even in summer, interviewees should wear stockings in either nude, or a color that matches their shoes.

For more tips, check out the article here. Have you ever interviewed someone who clearly committed a fashion blunder? Share your stories in the comments section.

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