Here is a list of the top five most interesting stories from around Washtenaw County this week.
1. University of Michigan economists are predicting job growth in Michigan will slow this year as the economy adjusts to consumers having less money to spend, The Detroit News reported. The University of Michigan predicts Michigan will see an additional 27,200 jobs in 2013, down from the 48,500 nonfarm jobs created in 2012.
2. Both Chelsea School District and Dexter Community Schools had lower rankings in Bridge Magazine's annual academic report, Patch.com reports.
3. Dustin Suntheimer was sworn-in as the newest member of the Chelsea City Council. The Chelsea Update and Chelsea Patch report that Suntheimer will serve as the city’s new council liaison to Chelsea Recreation Council and the farmer's market.
4. The number of homeless students attending classes in Washtenaw County schools is on the rise, according to Ann Arbor.com. From 2010 to 2011, homelessness among students grew 32 percent, according to numbers provided by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District’s Education Project for Homeless Youth.
5. After decades of serving the community, Chelsea Village Hardware closed its doors on Jan. 3 according to Patch.com.