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Cadillac Area

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

Business Magazine

november/December 2014 Volume 20-NO. 6

A sign of

See pages 6 & 7

Mission Statement

The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is

a visible business leader that advocates and
drives business opportunities. Through business
alliances, we are a catalyst for our membership
and provide a persuasive regional voice
benefiting our communities.

2014/2015 Board of Directors

Kelly Cater, Chair
Rec Boat Holdings
Kelly Smith, Vice Chair
Baker College of Cadillac
Scott Hunter, Treasurer
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC.
Jon Catlin, Past Executive Director
Chemical Bank
David Cox
Wexford Missaukee ISD
Bill Kring
9 & 10 News
Doug DeYoung
Consumers Energy
Tim Knaggs
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance
Dr. Kyle Hogg
Dental Health Professionals
Melody Hurley
Walmart Supercenter Store
Dan Minor
Cadillac Casting Inc.
Mary Rosser
Mercy Hospital Cadillac
Pete Stalker
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Don Schepers
Schepers Agency, Inc.
Brian Williams
Blue Heron Caf
Bill Tencza, President

Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant

Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations
Mike Acosta, Great Start Consultant
Printer:Pleasant Graphics
Publisher:Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

Your Chamber
Our collaboration

ur cover story outlines a Cadillac

Area Chamber of Commerce project built on collaboration and with
an education focus. As pictured
prominently in this issue, the Chamber
formally recognized the construction
of new monument signage near the corner of Lake and Pine Streets in October.
Although the project was literally brick
and mortar, our recent recognition was
cued to the vision of the project, generous support, and the extension of talent
and resources by member businesses
(reference pages 6 & 7). Your Chamber
is often the glue in a collaborative effort,
but in this example, we directly benefited
from the commitment of the WexfordMissaukee Career Tech Center and various Chamber stakeholders. We are proud
to have such great support.
The Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce does have a track record
of collaboration. Your Chamber often
facilitates cooperative outreach to business and education. The genesis of
Cadillac Area Industrial Group was fostered through collaborative efforts by the
Chamber with a strategy of retaining and
growing manufacturing jobs. Our education partnerships are wide ranging from
early childhood engagement, such as the
launch of the Imagination Library to collaborations with Baker College concentrating on training and career pathways.
We believe business and the region stand
to benefit long-term by this involvement.
The Governors Breakfast is a highly
valued and respected program of the
Chamber. Without the direct support of

The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publication of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. The
Chamber reserves the right to edit or refuse articles
and advertisements submitted to the Cadillac Area
Business Magazine and reserves the right in its sole
discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other materials to be distributed through the publication.

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business, the formula of inviting over

400 area high school students would not
be possible. However, equally important
is the substantive working and collaborative relationships with Cadillac Area
Public Schools, the Wexford-Missaukee
ISD and the Career Technical Center for
the Governors Breakfast.
The Chamber was a fundamental
partner in establishing the Northern
Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance.
The Alliance encompasses the Cadillac,
Alpena, Benzie County, Charlevoix,
Gaylord, Lake Superior Community
Partnership (Marquette), Petoskey, and
Traverse City Chambers. The Alliance is
currently working on establishing new
legislative relationships (post election) on
behalf of our collective 6,500 members
Lastly, and proving collaboration works
in phenomenal fashion, congratulations
to the 2014 Cadillac Leadership Class
for the recent dedication (see page 14) of
the Lakefront Play Project. The Chamber
gives thanks to the City of Cadillac for
serving as the community partner as well
as the incredible financial support of businesses, private donors and in kind donations. That generosity will put smiles on
the faces of kids and families for a generation and significantly enhance the sense
of community along the Keith McKellop
Walkway. Keith and Grace McKellop
would be proud of the collaboration and
of the chamber they supported.

Bill Tencza,
Chamber President

Mercy-Munson transition garners

strong interest in the community
The size of the crowd at Baker College signaled strong public interest in details about
Munson Healthcares purchase of Mercy
Hospital Cadillac.
Presenting at the October Lecture Luncheon
were former Mercy Hospital Cadillac CEO and
current transition executive, John MacLeod
and Munson Healthcare President and CEO,
Ed Ness.
Going forward, Ness said, the new health
care system will include eight hospitals. Half
will be owned by Munson: Mercy Hospital
Cadillac, Mercy Hospital Grayling, Munson
Medical Center in Traverse City, and Paul
Oliver Hospital in Frankfort. Another four will
have some kind of partnership or affiliation
with Munson: West Shore Medical Center in
Manistee, Kalkaska Memorial Health Center,
Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord and
Charlevoix Area Hospital.
MacLeod is working with teams from
Cadillac and Grayling to address issues such
as human resources, facilities and workplace
He addressed some of the reasons for the purchase, among them a reduction in Medicare
payments. As the details of the Affordable Care
Act, or Obamacare, were worked out, MacLeod
said, the American Hospital Association
agreed its members would be willing to accept
less in Medicare funding if the result was that
all Americans would have insurance.
Given the above, some additional factors
that make sense to bring the two together
are requirements to keep electronic medical
records and the cost to keep records up to date,
Increased customer expectations also play
a role, said MacLeod, who noted that Baby
Boomers are especially well-informed health
care consumers. Boomers frequently come
well armed with high expectations and knowledge of the care they want to receive.
Another factor is also a shortage of physicians in rural areas, particularly a shortage of
Narrower margins also have increased the
need for capital, MacLeod said.
Munson and Mercy have had a partnership
since 1998. It was hoped that such a collaboration would allow them to share employees
as needed to increase efficiency. However,
such actions have been hampered by antitrust

Visionary Partners:

Former Mercy Hospital Cadillac CEO John MacLeod (center)

chats with president and CEO of Munson Healthcare Ed Ness
(right) and Chemical Bank Community President Jon Catlin
(left) at the October lecture luncheon on the topic of Munsons
purchase of Mercy Hospital Cadillac. Ness said the purchase is
expected to close Feb. 1, 2015.

Ness also addressed Ebola concerns by noting that bringing together the two systems will
allow them to collaborate and share best practices without having to reinvent the wheel.
Ness noted that the purchase will bring
together not only the hospitals, but also home
care and hospice care, physician practices,
long term care and the Physicians Health
And while the goal is to create a system that
will allow northern Michigan residents to
receive care where they are, they still will have
choices to seek care in Grand Rapids or Ann
Arbor, for example, if they wish.
But while many aspects will stay the same
emergency room, outpatient services, inpatient services, and employees including physicians there will be changes.
Ness said that although the hospital will no
longer be affiliated with a religious institution, that does not mean it will be for profit. Munson Healthcare and Mercy Hospital
Cadillac are very similar in that they are both
non-profit institutions.
Under its new owners, Mercy Hospital
Cadillac will continue to do charity care, and
local foundation money used in Cadillac will
continue to help out in Cadillac.
What the hospital will be called has yet to be
determined, but it will change since the Mercy
name is associated with the Sisters of Mercy.
MacLeod said the chapel will continue to be
maintained but the some of the Catholic sacraments will be removed, and done so with reverent care.

A Zhongding Sealing Parts (USA) Inc. Company

Leadership Partners:
AAR Mobility Systems
Belle Oakes Living Center Inc.
BorgWarner Thermal Systems
Cadillac Area Public Schools
Consumers Energy
DTE Energy
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance Agency
FIAMM Technologies LLC
Fifth Third Bank
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Rexair LLC
Walmart Supercenter Store
Wexford-Missaukee ISD

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22nd Annual

Greater Cadillac Area Business


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Special Thanks to our Sponsors &
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Airway Oxygen
Aldi Inc #12
All-Weather Seal
American Waste
Anavon Technology Group
Arch Environmental Group
Baird Cotter & Bishop, P.C., C.P. A.s
Baker College of Cadillac
Belle Oaks Living Center/Lake to Lake Transport
Blarney Stone Broadcasting
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Business Networking International
Cadillac Area Community Foundation
Cadillac Area Industrial Group:
Avon Automotive
Avon Protection Systems
BorgWarner Thermal Systems
B&P Manufacturing
Cadillac Casting Inc.
FIAMM Technologies LLC
Michigan Rubber Products

Piranha Hose Products, Inc.

Rec Boat Holdings LLC
Rexair LLC
Cadillac Leadership / Cadillac Area Chamber
Chartwells Dining Service
CIC Benefit Consulting Group
Cadillac News
Cadillac Wexford Transit Authority
CareLinc Home Medical
Chemical Bank
Cherry Grove Event Center
Family Health Care/Great Lakes Family Care
Fifth Third Bank
FirstMerit Bank
Fox 32
Fox Motors of Cadillac
Great Start Collaborative
Gerber Collision & Glass
Health Department #10
Highpoint Auto & Truck Center
Hitesman Holdship Funeral Home
Huntington National Bank
Independent Bank
KEEN Technical Solutions LLC
The Lakeview

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Little Caesars of Cadillac

McCurdy, Wotila, & Porteous, PC
McGuires Resort/Evergreen Resort
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Mercy Home Care & Mercy Hospice
Mercy Hospital Cadillac
MI News
Mitchell Investment Advisors LLC
Mix 96/93.7 The Ticket/Rush Radio 1240
New Image Hair Salon/ Tidy Disposal
North Harbor Solutions
Northwest Michigan Works!
Northwestern Michigan College
Pine Grove Athletic Club
Pinnacle Truck Driving, Inc.
Reliable Solar
Re/Max Central
Rotary Club of Cadillac
Sams Club
Schneider & Company
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Springfield Roofing
Star Truck Rentals
Wexford County Civic Center
Wexford County Road Commission
Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center
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Collaborative investment
in the future of our community

though employers expect young people to arrive in the workplace

with a set of basic and applied skills, the reality is not matching
Great Start Consultant
expectations. Test scores indicate that US students are not keepJust as in business, investing early in our workforce pipeline
ing pace with their global peers. A 2013 global study ranks US
ensures the best outcomes. We know that early learning starts at
birth and even prenatally. By investing in quality early childhood teens as 36th of 65 countries in a standardized assessment of
reading, math and science.
experiences for all our children we improve the quality of our
In studies fielded by governments, businesses, and academic
workforce for tomorrow and move our community towards a goal
institutions, the evidence is clear-investing in children ages birth
of economic prosperity, which can be defined as an environment
where businesses thrive and create sustainable, high-quality jobs to five produces dramatic effects in school performance and subsequent work life. Several studies have shown a return on investfor families.
The Great Start Collaborative brings together parents, business ment (ROI) in pre-K programming for disadvantaged children
leaders, schools and agencies working to ensure the best possible greater than 10:1. A study in Michigan has shown that the state
saves more than $1.1 billion per year as a result of past investoutcomes for our children and families. At the Cadillac Area
ments in prekindergarten by lowering special education, crimiChamber of Commerce we recognize that business drives comnal justice and welfare costs.
munity economic success. And we know that business success is
Collaboration creates a unified voice and allows us to put our
driven by a high quality educational system. A highly functioning
educational system depends on whats happening at the individu- collective weight behind the goals we want to accomplish.
al, family and neighborhood level. This requires the collaborative Todays infants and toddlers are tomorrows business leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, health care workers and other
involvement of the entire community.
Today, too many employers report that many new workforce en- professionals. For the next two decades they will be learning how
to think, act and compete in the global marketplace. By investtrants lack the skills essential to job success. A 2006 study by the
ing in our youngest children now when those investments will
Society for Human Resource Management, done in partnership
yield the highest societal returns we can build the workforce
with the Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Famiwe need to keep America competitive in the years ahead.
lies and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, found that alBy Mike Acosta

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - November/December 2014 5

Brad VanBuren (right) Applied Construction Technology instructorwith CTC students.

Kelly Cater and Heather Witkop, Rec Boat Holdings.

The sign says collaboration

Like a puzzle, the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce sign project in collaboration with others, was completed the end of October. A
strong, collaborative effort put them all together where the finished
project is a beautiful presentation to the community.
The sign project was a multi-level collaboration, matching chamber members and Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech students and
instructors, said Chamber President Bill Tencza. He said the chamber envisioned a business-education partnership that would extend
elements of the CTC curriculum beyond the classroom and for the
direct purpose of engaging students through a project-based learning application.

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The Chamber desired a hands-on project, but fully recognized the

reality of time lines and external factors that would elevate the complexity of the project from relocating a power line, extended winter
weather, and even school calendar year considerations for seniors on
the project, Tencza said.
Collaboration was the key. Combining industry leaders with education leaders was a perfect fit, setting the framework for the project.
As the Chamber Board was reviewing building maintenance, signage became a topic of discussion. I thought it would be a great project for both business and education to collaborate on, said Kelly
Cater of Rec Boat Holdings.

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Keep your business

heading in the
right direction.

Working with CTC students in the past had provided a great learning experience for both our company and the students. I knew if we
could bring the right people to the table the project could become
a fun learning experience. Phil Potvin was immediately on board
with donating the bricks. Dave Cox thought it could provide masonry skills to his construction group. Heather Witkop from Rec Boat
was intrigued at looking at it from a design perspective. She walked
around the building several times drawing from its artistic lines for
inspiration, Cater said.
The Cadillac Chamber of Commerce sign was designed to blend
into the current landscape while providing important information,
Witkop, said. This was done by incorporating unique design elements of the building such as the corner glass blocks as well as the
brick walls. By incorporating these elements, attention is drawn to the
corner post where the address in located, making the address and lettering visible from any direction.
The project allowed for students at the Wexford-Missaukee Career
Tech Center a chance to learn from experience.
The Chamber of Commerce sign project was a great learning opportunity for the students. They were able to learn the code requirements
for concrete footings along with the importance of being below the
frost line, said Brad VanBuren, Applied Constructions Technology
Instructor. Working with masonry products like block and brick was
also a huge benefit to the students because they dont get many opportunities to work on masonry projects. By doing so, it opened their
eyes to other career choices.
The sign project was the first time I worked on a masonry project,
said Logan Wyse, an Applied Construction Technology student from
Lake City High School. Wyse is planning on attending Ferris State
University to study architecture. Giving back to the community has
always been important to me. It was nice to have an opportunity to
give back a little.
I thought the sign project was challenging and unique, said Isaac
Edikauskas, an Applied Construction Technology student, who
is homeschooled. Edikauskas plans on attending Michigan State
University and working in the electrical field as a career.
This was a great opportunity for students, teachers, businesses,
manufacturers, a legislator, and a Chamber to collaborate on a single project, said Dave Cox, Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.
Additionally, I would like to give a shout out and special thanks to CTC
staff Brad VanBuren, Darin Kearns, Troy Golversic, Matt Sherman,
Rick Johnson, Josh Fenner, Donna Waddel and the CTC students that
collaborated to see completion of this unique project, said Cox.

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Farmers Insurance

Ambassador Club
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Independent Bank

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Cadillac Tuxedo LLC

910 South Mitchell Street

Lakefront Playscape
Keith McKellop walkway

The Lakeview of Cadillac

Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Clam Lake Beer Company

Receives Ambassador Brick Award

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September 2014

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Cadillac Area Business Magazine
is December 5, 2014. Share your
business/organization news!


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Identifying our talents and the time we have, what to do with

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members honored

Dr. Allen and Susan Meyer

In September, Dr. Allen and Susan Meyer were honored by the Cadillac Area Community Foundation as
the 2014 Philanthropists of the Year, and recognized for
their philanthropic spirit and support of the Cadillac
Community. The event also honored Mrs. Jennifer
Mitchell as the first recipient of the Youth Mentor
Award in recognition of her years of work with the
Cadillac Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory
Committee. Our community is very grateful to have
such charitable and committed donors.

Zumbathon raises breast

cancer research funds
The Cadillac Area YMCA held a Zumbathon Party in PinkTM
charity event to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The
event was held in September at the YMCA, with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
This is the third year we have hosted the event at the Cadillac
YMCA. The Y is grateful to be able to put on events that bring the
community together for a wonderful cause. Gathering people with
a common purpose is powerful said Kara Kosloski, Marketing
Director Cadillac Area YMCA.

Linda Kimbel (left) and Jennifer Mitchell (right)

Cadillac Rotary Club requests

major project proposals
Rotary Club of Cadillac is currently accepting proposals for its next
major project. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on November
17, 2014. After that time, the Major Projects Committee will review
the applications before proceeding with project selection. For additional information and criteria, go to www.rotaryclubofcadillac.
com.Financial support of $70,000 from last years Rotary Auction with
the collaboration with the City of Cadillac went to the renovation project for the Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion.

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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce presents:

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Holiday Luncheon




Evergreen Resort noon 1:15pm
Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Welcome New Members

All-Weather Seal
Megan McGuire
2748 Garfield Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
Belle Home Care
Mary Kaechele
107 Mitchell
Clare, MI 49617
Cadillac Tuxedo LLC
Ashley Osowski
910 South Mitchell Street
Cadillac, MI 49601

Keen Technical
Solutions, LLC
Steve Morse
800 Cottage View
Traverse City, MI 49685
Lum Hughston Trucking
Kari Hughston
3701 West Stoney Corners
McBain, MI 49657
Ms. Green, LLC
Rita Meech
1105 Lesson Avenue
Cadillac, MI 49601

Dining Service
Goldie Beebe
421 South Mitchell Street
Cadillac, MI 49601

North Harbor Solutions

Jack Poltorak
17209 Viaduct
Copemish, MI 49625

Chicos Taco House LLC

Kevin Dewey
5954 M-55
Cadillac, MI 49601

Northern Initiatives
Chris Wendel
722 South Union Street
Marquette, MI 49855

For-ex Money Momentum

Glenn Small
5502 West 28 1/2 Mile Road
Harrietta, MI 49638

Pleasant Lake
Lodge Inc.
Janine Tucker Kummer
1403 South 33 1/2 Road
Cadillac, MI 49601

Home Helpers
& Direct Link
Lucas Dent
8834 East 34 Road
Cadillac, MI 49601

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Reliable Solar
Todd L. Mangan
805 North Mitchell Street
Cadillac, MI 49601

Baker College of Cadillac

new student housing at capacity
The new Baker College of Cadillac student housing located in downtown Cadillac has opened for fall quarter and is at 100 percent occupancy.
The number of housing applications and the enthusiastic response we
received from students has verified the need for group housing, said
Kelly Smith, Baker College of Cadillac president. We already have a
waiting list for next quarter.
The facility is located at 116 W. Harris Street in downtown Cadillac
and two miles from the campus, or less than 10 minutes using public
The building is designed and operated for student success, according to Mary Jo Binkley, director of facilities and residence life for Baker
College of Cadillac.
This is an impressive building, Binkley said. There is a mix of new
and old throughout the building because many of the buildings historical featuresmuch of the original brick, beams and window frames
were retained. The construction and furnishings are durable and of high
quality, meant to be used by students for the long term.
Kaitlyn DeBoer is the full-time, live-in residence coordinator.
To ensure the residents were aware of all the services and opportunities available to them, an orientation event was held that included Baker
College administrators, representatives from the Cadillac Area Visitors
Bureau and local fire and police personnel.
The facility is known locally as the former ONeill building, though a
grocery company built it in 1920.

Grant award to CAPS

and YMCA for after
school program
Ms. Jo Spry, Superintendent of Cadillac Area
Public Schools and Dan Smith, Executive Director
of the Cadillac Area YMCA, announced the funding
of a grant for the continuation of the after school
tutoring program at Cadillac Area Public Schools.
The grant has been awarded by Michigan
Department of Community Health to the Cadillac
Area YMCA and will provide $40,000 for the after
school tutoring program for students that attend
Forest View, Franklin, Kenwood and Lincoln elementary schools.
Students will be present and demonstrating the
components of this successful program. Samples
of active play on the Kenwood playground, help
with homework in the library and lunch time activity will demonstrate healthy snacking that the program offers.


Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - November/December 2014 13

On Monday, October
27, a celebration took
place at the site of the
new wheelchair accessible playscape located along the Keith
McKellop walkway on
beautiful Lake Cadillac.
The 2014 Cadillac
Leadership Class members and their project partner, the City of
Cadillac, collaborated
to bring the Americans
with Disabilities Act
compliant play structure
to our area.
Many community
members, along with
their children, came out
for the sunny afternoon
ribbon cutting where
kids and a few adults
alike had the opportunity to try it out.
Funding of this project
was made possible with
overwhelming community support, we thank
everyone involved.


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November/December 2014 - Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

Care Day
Chemical Bank and Northwestern Bank closed their
offices on Monday, October 13 to participate in volunteer projects in the community. This years projects
involved landscaping the newest Wexford Habitat home,
new city lake front restrooms and new handicap accessible playground by the boat launch on Lake Cadillac.
Across Michigan, 1,700 employees participated in over
240 projects.

Data track 2013-2014

Wexford County Jan. 14 Feb. 14 Mar. 14 April 14 May 14 June 14 July 14 Aug. 14 Sept. 14 Oct. 13 Nov. 13 Dec. 13
Labor Force
13,014 13,290 13,287 13,298 13,597 13,754 13,968 13,533 13,317 13,085 12,846 12,882
11,621 11,801 11,865 12,053 12,347 12,429 12,417 12,504 12,224 11,585 11,458 11,352

Unemployment 1,393 1,489 1,422 1,245 1,250 1,325 1,551 1,029 1,093 1,500 1,388 1,530
10.7% 11.2% 10.7% 9.4% 9.2% 9.6% 11.1% 7.6% 8.2% 11.5% 10.8% 11.9%
Missaukee County Jan. 14 Feb. 14 Mar. 14 April 14 May 14 June 14 July 14 Aug. 14 Sept. 14 Oct. 13 Nov. 13 Dec. 13

Labor Force
5,864 5,959 5,966 5,929 5,966 6,043 6,106 5,938 5,769 5,727 5,608 5,611

5,094 5,172 5,201 5,283 5,411 5,448 5,442 5,480 5,358 5,021 4,966 4,919

Unemployment 770 787 765 646 555 595 664 458 411 706 642 692
13.1% 13.2% 12.8% 10.9% 9.3% 9.8% 10.9% 7.7% 7.1% 12.3% 11.4% 12.3%
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