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Southeast Michigan job demand in Q4 2013 double that of Q4 2012

The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) today released its job market trends report for the 4th quarter of 2013. In the nine county region including Genessee/Shiawasee; Monroe; Livingston; Macomb; Oakland; St. Clair; Washtenaw; and Wayne, demand for jobs based on online postings doubled from 53,306 in Q4 2012 to 112,940 in Q4 2013 – an overall growth of 111.9% year to year.

Fourth quarter (Q4) 2013 job demand was below third quarter (Q3) 2013 levels; however, third quarter numbers were part of a six-month period of record high job demand levels that continued at a more modest rate in Q4 2013. The full report can be viewed at http://win-semich.org/data-research/quarterly-reports/.

Said WIN Executive Director Lisa Katz: “We are looking forward to this demand for workers to continue and affect positive changes in hiring and growth in the labor force.”

For Q4 2013, WIN also found the top occupational clusters to be:

• Retail and Hospitality (28,591 postings, 198 percent growth over Q4 2012)
• Information Technology (12,498 postings, 46 percent growth over Q4 2012)
• Healthcare (12,427 postings, 109 percent growth over Q4 2012)
• Engineers and designers (7,014 postings, 37 percent growth over Q4 2012)
• Skilled trades and technicians (2,726 postings, 32 percent growth over Q4 2012)

And the top in-demand jobs:

• Retail Salespersons (4,181 postings)
• Software Developers (3,982 postings)
• Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (3,483 postings)
• Registered Nurses (3,445 postings)
• Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers (2,479 postings)