Michigan economy University Research Group Gives Boost To Michigan Economy By Jorge Avellan • Feb 1, 2016 Courtesy Photo / urcmich.org The University Research Corridor alliance, which includes the University of Michigan, had a big economic impact in our state in 2014. Listen Listening... / 0:32 WEMU's Jorge Avellan reports on a university group that has helped Michigan's economy. Michigan Continues Slow but Steady Economic Recovery By Bob Eccles • Nov 25, 2013 Michigan continues its slow and steady economic recovery. The annual economic forecast from University of Michigan economists predicts the next two years should bring the state back to employment levels prior to the economic downturn of 2008-09. Don Grimes points to the recovery of the auto industry as a big reason why Michigan's doing as well as it is.