Caralee Swanberg, vice president of Economic Development for the LSCP said Marquette County has come a long way since the end of the recession in 2009.
"You can see that we've now pretty much completely rebounded," Swanberg
"Historically, Marquette County sits well below the rest of the state in unemployment, and we are actually below most of the Upper Peninsula in unemployment as well."
Looking forward, Swanberg
said Marquette County is one of the only regions in the U.P. that does not expect a decline in population and one of the few areas throughout the state that has not seen a decline at all in recent years.
According to the report, employment is also expected to increase through 2018 by an even larger margin.
"While our population is expected to increase by about 1 percent, our employment is actually expected to increase about 2 percent, which means that we'll have an even lower unemployment rate, which will bring us very close to a natural zero, or about 4.5 to 5 percent," she
said, with an 8 percent employment growth expected through 2023.
When pitted against other like-sized communities across the Midwest, Marquette County has seen similar metric shifts in terms of employment in recent years, but is expected to move into the group's top tier throughout the next decade.
"While we're expected to grow quite a bit and move to the top level of that, a lot of our counterparts are seeing much less growth and in some cases, no growth and even loss," Swanberg