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Survey Hints At Increased Hiring In The Lapeer Region

In a first-of-it's kind "Regional Wage and Benefit Survey", findings indicate that more than 86% of companies surveyed expect to add new jobs in 2014, and the news was even better for Lapeer, where 91% of respondents anticipate hiring this year. Other good news reflected that more than 93% of firms in the survey did not expect layoffs in 2014.

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Lapeer County Jobless Rate Still Too High

Overall, the unemployment rate in Michigan has edged steadily downward. Last week it dropped slightly to 7.4%, however the story is different in Lapeer County than for the rest of the state. The March jobless rate in Lapeer dropped to 11.2%, down a full percentage point from the previous month, but it is still far above the state average.

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Lapeer Kmart Closing After 38 Years

The big-box retailers like Walmart, Target, Costco and Meijer have made it impossible for Kmart to compete in the Lapeer marketplace, so they will be closing the Kmart store in Lapeer, and others in the region. Doors are expected to close by the end of July.

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Home Values On The Rise In Lapeer

If you are a homeowner in Lapeer, here's some good news! Home values in Lapeer, when compared to one year ago, are steadily increasing! If you been thinking about selling, this might be a good time to do it,

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5 Bad Work Habits That Can Get You Fired

Nobody's perfect, but even the best of us is occasionally going to come up short at the office. But there’s a difference between the occasional missed meeting and a career full of bad work habits that remain unbroken. And that difference could cost you your job.

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Gas Prices Continue To Drop

Holiday shopping will be much easier for Americans this year as gas prices continue to fall.

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Restaurant Receipt Includes Discount For Well-Behaved Kids

As every parent knows, it's tough to get little kids to behave in a restaurant. Being in a new environment will excite the youngsters and many of their typically inoffensive meal time antics, such as loud talking, hyperactivity and the occasional food play, become amplified into something less adorable and more annoying when strangers are watching.

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Which Jobs Are Disappearing Quickest?

It has been predicted that by 2020, the United States will experience a nearly 14.5 percent labor increase, making room for an additional 20 million new jobs as the result of this country’s growing population and competitive marketplace.

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Labor Day And Hurricane Isaac Will Mean Double Whammy At The Pump

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Oil companies might have two excuses for raising prices at the pumps soon. Fill up now, if you can, or get ready to pay more for your next tank of gas. Hit read more to find out why, and how high they might go.

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Walmart Bringing Back Popular Layaway Option For Upcoming Holiday Season

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It's no secret that times are still tough for a lot of mid-Michigan families, and as we all look ahead towards the holiday season, retailers are prepared to do what it takes to get your business. Walmart is no exception, and the giant superstore is bringing back it's interest free layaway shopping option again this year. Get details after the jump.

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NFL Superstar Donates Pay To Play Fees For 800 Saginaw Students

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The economy is still tough in mid-Michigan, and school districts in our area have had to make some very tough decisions when faced with huge budget deficits. Beginning with this year, Saginaw has been forced to impose a pay to play policy with their school sports program. Unfortunately, many families can't scrape together the $75 fee either. This story has an incredible ending though!

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Beer Prices Will Heat Up As the Weather Cools Down

Beer-lovers, better stock up now. Anheuser-Busch, maker of beloved suds like Budweiser and Bud Light, has announced a price hike that’ll take effect in the weeks to come.

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