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Southeastern Michigan Data Center

State-of-the-art information and analysis on economic, demographic and business trends in Southeastern Michigan. Data compiled from a wealth of sources is available all in one convenient site. Continuous and automatic updating means the information is  always current. 

The Southeast Michigan Data Center at Oakland University is founded and led by Economics Professor Dr. Jonathan Silberman.
Change in Economic Status of Metro Detroit Households: 2000-2014
July 14, 2016

The large increase in lower-income households combined with the decrease in middle and upper income households in Detroit over the 2000 to 2014 period is associated with the significant drop in manufacturing employment over this period, and declining wages for production workers.

Employment Growth 2006-2015
February 8, 2016

Employment locally has rebounded since the recession end at a rate consistent with other regions, but employment remains below 2006 levels.

SE Michigan Employment Before and After the Recession
January 14, 2016

Southeastern Michigan's job recovery from the recession is broad-based.

Metro Detroit Traded Clusters
November 12, 2015

Detroit’s economy remains exceedingly reliant on the Automotive and related traded clusters. Efforts to diversify the local economy have not been successful.

Per-Capita Real GDP
September 30, 2015

Metro Detroit has recovered from its severe economic decline that began before the Great Recession.

STEM Occupations
August 3, 2015

Detroit has an incredibly strong Architectural and Engineering base, which is counterbalanced by its weaknesses in the scientific fields. If Detroit can encourage growth beyond its current STEM generation in Engineering and Logistics, it may see substantial economic benefit.

Rate of New Entrepreneurs
July 27, 2015

Metro Detroit has further to go to become an entrepreneurship and innovation hub.

25 to 34 Year Olds with a College Degree
June 4, 2015

The availability of talented young workers plays a key role in economic growth and urban revitalization. While the Detroit-Warren-Livonia metro area ranks low in the growth of 25 to 34 Year Olds with a college degree and the percentage of these workers in the population, recent development in the City of Detroit and the movement of corporate headquarters from suburbs to downtown is changing the region’s attractiveness to talented young workers.

Venture Capital Investments
March 26, 2015

Michigan and Metro Detroit do not rank high as a recipient of Venture Capital investments. Venture capital is concentrated in the fast growing information technology, life sciences and biotechnology fields. These fields are not areas of relative strength in Metro Detroit.

Metro Detroit Lags U.S. in Apartment Construction
February 11, 2015

Metro Detroit lags other cities in apartment construction and in percentage of population in rental housing. The region needs to catch up to attract new workers.

Real Median Household Income - No Recovery from Recession
November 14, 2014

Real median household income for both Southeastern Michigan and the nation remains substantially below the levels of 2008, when the Great Recession started.

Manufacturing Revitalization in Southeastern Michigan
October 9, 2014

Since the end of the recession in June 2009 manufacturing employment in Southeastern Michigan has accelerated at a faster pace than that experienced in the Nation, a five-year period of sustained performance not seen previously.

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Huge Changes To Come In The Auto Industry Automotive Disruption Ahead
September 8, 2016

A KPMG survey of 800 auto executives worldwide found that 82 percent believed that major business-model disruption is somewhat or extremely likely in the next five years. The pace of technology disruption is accelerating around autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, transportation systems, and car sharing.

Corporate Taxes Corporate Taxes
April 14, 2016

American companies compete in the global economy burdened with a harmful, outdated corporate tax system.

A Deep Dive Into Clusters Traded export sector
March 10, 2016

Traded clusters are the “engines” of regional economies; without strong traded clusters, it is virtually impossible for a region to reach high levels of overall economic performance.

The Impacts of Minimum Wage Minimum Wage
January 14, 2016

A more effective policy to help the working poor than the minimum wage or the earned-income tax credit is a direct wage subsidy.

Fiat-Chrysler Merger With GM? Jewish News December 2015
December 3, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chief Sergio Marchionne is proposing a potential merger with General Motors. In light of the conditions in today’s auto industry, his reasoning is well-grounded in business strategy and economics.

Moral Hazard Vs. Systemic Risk Systematic Risk
September 10, 2015

Faced with a choice between creating a moral hazard and avoiding systemic risk, policy makers will almost always choose the latter.

Will the Fed Raise Interest Rates in September? Jewish News
August 13, 2015

An improving economy and labor market in August will keep expectations high that at least one rate hike will occur later this year, most likely in September.

Labor Market Better - But Not Vigorous Jewish News July 2015
July 9, 2015

Employment growth of Metro Detroit residents is positive but remains below the national and Michigan rates. The number employed part time but looking for full-time work remains elevated.

International Trade Boosts U.S. Economy Jewish News May 28, 2015
May 28, 2015

Michigan is a major beneficiary of trade including being on the top destinations for foreign-headquartered multinational firms in the U.S.

Special Interests: Roadblocks to tax reform
Jewish News Economy April 16, 2015
April 16, 2015

Despite widespread disdain for the current tax system, reform efforts have consistently failed. A major reason for the lack of progress is the "special interest bias".

Real Estate Report Card Economy Jewish News April 2015 article
April 2, 2015

Grading the Metro Detroit real estate market since the end of the recession in June 2009.

Economic Forecast: A stronger dollar, falling interest rates and perhaps a growth in wages Economics Forecast February 2014
February 12, 2015

A stronger dollar and falling interest rates, two surprising trends last year, continue into 2015.

Boosting U.S. Economic Growth
January 14, 2015

Jonathan Silberman, Ph.D., suggests structural reforms such as bringing innovation to sectors that are isolated from global competition, like government, education and healthcare.