Michiganders typically send $23.7 billion to out-of-state retailers, according to a 2021 economic study by Public Sector Consultants. But if they changed just one in 10 of their 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, the 2021 Public Sector Consultants study noted.