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Growing Michigan Employment Levels Powered by Advanced Manufacturing Employer Demand

Demand for advanced manufacturing workers in Michigan increased by 19 percent between Q4 2016 and Q1 2017, from 29,090 online job postings to 34,836, according to a new report from LIFT – Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow. With over 700,000 professionals now working in lightweighting-related fields in Michigan, 2017 marks the eighth consecutive year of employment growth since the depths of the Great Recession in 2009.

The LIFT quarterly reports, highlighting employment trends, top jobs, and required skills in advanced manufacturing, are completed with research and analysis from the Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) and cover each of the states in LIFT’s region, including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

“With demand across the region continuing to gain momentum in 2017, we see a direct, positive correlation between demand and employment, leading to the strong employment numbers reported,” said Emily DeRocco, education and workforce development director, LIFT. “In today’s age of technology-infused advanced manufacturing, addressing the skills gap through coordinated efforts between industry and education will be instrumental in aligning workers’ preparedness with job opportunities.”

The top in-demand lightweighting-related occupations in Michigan in Q1 2017 were: Maintenance and Repair Workers (4,252 postings), Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers (2,932 postings), Mechanical Engineers (2,408 postings), Electrical Engineers (1,814 postings) and Production Workers (1,659 postings).

“Advanced manufacturing employer demand in Michigan continues to surpass the rest of the lightweighting region in 2017,” said Tom Crampton, Executive Dean, Mott Community College. “As a strong, statewide economic driver, we must connect untapped potential with the rapidly growing need for an upskilled and educated talent pipeline.”

LIFT, one of the founding Manufacturing USA institutes, and a part of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation program, is a Detroit-based public-private partnership dedicated to developing and deploying advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to better prepare the workforce today and in the future.

The full Michigan report can be viewed at: http://lift.technology/education-workforce-development/.

About LIFT
LIFT is a Detroit-based, public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA, and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research. Visit www.lift.technology or follow on Twitter @NewsFromLIFT to learn more.

About Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan 
The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between nine community colleges and six Michigan Works! Agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 16-county area, including Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw, and Wayne. WIN was founded with the support of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and publicly launched in November 2011.