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As the season turns to fall, Southeast Michigan remains a hot jobs spot for new college grads

From Crain’s Detroit Business

By Lisa Katz

September 12, 2013

This past summer, University of Michigan-Dearborn iLabs, in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber, issued the results of a survey, finding that college graduates are more likely to stay in Michigan than a similar population examined in 2007.  In fact, 63 percent of the 7,000+ respondents said they were still in Michigan, up 12 points from the prior study.

Roughly 85 percent of alumni who left the state explained that their primary reason for doing so was for jobs.

This brings me to the Martin Prosperity Institute (of Richard Florida fame), which recently analyzed job openings across the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas to see where jobs requiring higher education were most concentrated.  Naturally, cities with greater populations and more companies (like New York and Los Angeles) topped the list.

But then the researchers controlled for cities’ “bigness.” They did this by looking at the data from key metropolitan areas compared to the national average, deriving something called a location quotient (LQ).  The results ranked Detroit among the top-10 best large metros for recent college grads.

This means that, compared with the national average, the newly degreed will find better employment opportunities here than in most other large metro areas.


*Chart reproduced from data in “The Best U.S. Metros for Recent College Grads Looking for Work,” The Atlantic Cities Place Matters, September 9, 2013

So, once again, I remind our recent college grads that, if you seek a challenging, well-paying job opportunity, look about you. We do not have all the kinks worked out, but there are many exciting opportunities in Detroit, and there are plenty of community partners eager to help you find a niche.