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If Michigan consumers changed just one in 10 of their out-of-state purchases to a Michigan store, our economy would get a $1.9 billion boost and add nearly 14,000 jobs.
With 122,000 stores, Michigan’s retail industry employs about 758,000 workers and pays nearly $23 billion in wages each year.
Indirectly, retailers purchase goods and services, hire cleaning services, security staff, accountants, and more. And their employees spend money as well, a 2021 study by Public Sector Consultants noted.