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Regional Talent

Talent

In 2012, the Detroit region’s civilian labor force was nearly 2.5 million. Southeast Michigan is not short of skilled labor and is one of the area’s primary assets as a manufacturing location. This stable and well-educated workforce is ready and able to adapt to the changing needs of today’s technological innovations. In fact, Michigan is among the nation’s leaders for skilled manufacturing workers.

The regional broad base of manufacturing expertise assists in the recruiting and training of staff. In addition to a large pool of graduates from the area’s top-rated two-year colleges, regional Detroit employers have access to graduates from excellent colleges and universities including Lawrence Tech, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Oakland University and the University of Detroit Mercy.

Fastest Growing

It is estimated that over the next five years the Detroit region will add more than 90,000 jobs to its workforce. The health care and social services industry will add nearly 40,000 jobs, followed by professional, scientific and technical services, which will add nearly another 20,000 jobs to the region. Leading the job growth by percent change are educational services, mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction, and health care and social assistance.

Top 25 by Percent Change

NAICS Code Description 2012 Jobs 2022 Jobs % Change
327410 Lime Manufacturing 37 190 414%
327124 Clay Refractory Manufacturing 50 171 242%
326111 Plastics Bag and Pouch Manufacturing 68 231 240%
336212 Truck Trailer Manufacturing 175 580 231%
337125 Household Furniture (except Wood and Metal) Manufacturing 105 305 190%
212393 Other Chemical and Fertilizer Mineral Mining 48 137 185%
336991 Motorcycle, Bicycle, and Parts Manufacturing 64 166 159%
327310 Cement Manufacturing 361 878 143%
334413 Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing 1,047 2,514 140%
561312 Executive Search Services 2,461 5,844 137%
221310 Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 314 710 126%
326113 Unlaminated Plastics Film and Sheet (except Packaging) Manufacturing 253 568 125%
562213 Solid Waste Combustors and Incinerators 161 361 124%
237120 Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction 646 1,358 110%
327991 Cut Stone and Stone Product Manufacturing 304 631 108%
331319 Other Aluminum Rolling and Drawing 168 349 108%
336120 Heavy Duty Truck Manufacturing 384 783 104%
334220 Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing 57 115 102%
541420 Industrial Design Services 3,794 7,576 100%
327999 All Other Miscellaneous Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 145 272 88%
339112 Surgical and Medical Instrument Manufacturing 1,161 2,175 87%
517911 Telecommunications Resellers 1,309 2,439 86%
325413 In-Vitro Diagnostic Substance Manufacturing 287 528 84%
334516 Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing 90 165 83%
333921 Elevator and Moving Stairway Manufacturing 70 128 83%

Source: Economic Modeling Specialist Inc. Note:  Industries projected to employ less than 100 people were excluded.

Top 25 by Number Change

Description 2012 Jobs 2022 Jobs Change
Personal Care and Service Occupations 152,437 193,279 40,842
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 164,048 191,109 27,061
Healthcare Support Occupations 94,483 120,334 25,851
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 150,851 175,414 24,563
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 377,065 398,628 21,563
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance 112,383 132,756 20,373
Sales and Related Occupations 360,696 378,007 17,311
Management Occupations 163,414 177,513 14,099
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 124,151 135,408 13,821
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 75,294 85,478 11,257
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media 67,007 75,702 8,695
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 40,669 46,329 5,660
Community and Social Services Occupations 23,900 28,971 5,071
Legal Occupations 94,254 99,296 5,042
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 29,063 33,869 4,806
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 94,352 97,035 2,683
Construction and Extraction Occupations 153,765 156,209 2,444
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 11,991 14,341 2,350
Unclassified Occupation 41,022 43,170 2,148
Protective Service Occupations 4,660 4,710 50
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 11,138 11,131 -7
Military Occupations 81,104 80,326 -778
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 202,247 180,073 -22,174
Production Occupations 202,247 180,073 -22,174
Total 2,815,999 3,058,913 242,914

 Source: Economic Modeling Specialist Inc. Note:  Industries projected to employ less than 100 people were excluded.

Talent/Workforce

The Detroit region workforce is more than manufacturing based. Michigan and the Detroit region have the highest concentration of engineers in the United States. For every 1,000 workers in the region, 36 are employed as engineers. In addition, Michigan is leading the way in information technology job creation and already more than 350,000 are employed in the industry.

To feed the talent pipeline, the Detroit region’s colleges and universities, such as the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Lawrence Technological and others, rank in the Top 10 for graduating students in each type of degree conferred. Detroit regional community colleges engage nearly 140,000 students and work with local companies to develop customized workforce training.

Detroit provides access to a global talent pool, ranking only second to Chicago among Midwest metropolitan areas in percentage of foreign-born workers. Employers in the Detroit region also have access to Windsor, Canada, home to 330,000 people.

Labor Force Participation Rate

The economic downturn pushed the Detroit region’s unemployment rate nearly five percent higher than the national rate due to the shakeup of the automotive industry. The unemployment rate is now within two percent of the national average. Conditions have been improving since June 2009.

2002 2004 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011  2012  2013 August 2014
Detroit Region 6.2% 7.0% 6.9% 7.7% 8.5% 14.9% 11.9% 9.7% 7.9%
Michigan 6.2% 7.1% 6.9% 7.1% 8.3% 13.3% 12.5% 10.4% 9.1% 8.8% 7.4%
U.S. 5.8% 5.5% 4.6% 4.6% 5.8% 9.3% 9.6% 8.9% 8.1% 7.4% 6.1%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jobs Forecast

Region 2012 Jobs 2022 Jobs % Growth
Southeast Michigan 2,829,569 3,062,989 8.2%
United States 179,628,964 202,902,160 13.0%

 

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