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Southeast Michigan Q2 2014 Job Demand Up Nearly 50 Percent Over Q2 2013, WIN reports job market stability as 2014 continues

DETROIT, Mich. – Southeast Michigan second quarter 2014 job demand has increased by nearly 50 percent from 72,912 online job postings in Q2 2013 to 106,927 online job postings in Q2 2014 – this data compiled by the Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) for its 2nd quarter market report.

Postings grew over the year but second quarter 2014 marked a time of stability for employment and the labor force, with no major losses or gains over Q1 2014. Compared to the immediate post-recession timeframe, Q2 2014 continued to demonstrate higher-than-usual activity in online job postings.

While postings in the second quarter were lower than the first quarter of 2014, the current quarter’s performance exceeded average posting activity from 2011 to early 2013. This, in combination with recent modest hiring gains, signals potential for more hiring in the future.

“Compared to immediate post-recession levels, we are seeing a fourth consecutive quarter of higher than usual posting behavior by employers, following the major peak we saw in Q3 2013. This, in combination with recent modest hiring gains, signals potential for more hiring in the future” said Lisa Katz, executive director, WIN. “The continued high level of postings emphasizes different trends among each career cluster. For some occupation clusters, high posting levels means that there is a lot of churn and turnover in employment, for other job clusters high postings signals great need for employers. Another quarter of record posting levels tells us that job seekers, companies, and educational institutions need to examine and more closely align career pathways, job readiness, and workforce training and education in order meet employer demand, be it filling turnover-related positions or new jobs.”

WIN’s report also noted that the greatest skilled job opportunities exist in the fields of Information Technology, Healthcare and Engineering.

The full report can be viewed at http://win-semich.org/data-research/quarterly-reports/.

For Q2 2014, WIN also found the top occupational clusters to be:

• Skilled Trades and Technicians (3,365 postings, 37.4 percent growth over Q2 2013; -7.9 percent growth over Q1 2014)
• Engineers and Designers (7,274 postings, 40.3 percent growth over Q2 2013; -3.8 percent growth over Q1 2014)
• IT (11,469 postings, 25.7 percent growth over Q2 2013; -12 percent growth over Q1 2014)
• Health Care (11,637 postings, 60.2 percent growth over Q2 2013; -9.3 percent growth over Q1 2014)
• Retail and Hospitality (24,460 postings, 47 percent growth over Q2 2013; .5 percent growth over Q1 2014)

And the top in-demand jobs:

• Software Developers, Applications (3,798 postings)
• Registered Nurses (3,657 postings)
• Retail Salespersons (3,251 postings)
• Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers (2,955 postings)
• Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products (2,651 postings)

ABOUT WORKFORCE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between eight community colleges and seven 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 9-county area, including Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. WIN was founded with the support of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and publicly launched in November 2011.

WIN partners:

Colleges
Henry Ford Colleges
Macomb Community College
Monroe County Community College
Mott Community College
Oakland Community College
Schoolcraft College
St. Clair County Community College
Washtenaw Community College
Wayne County Community College District Michigan Works! Agencies
Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.
Career Alliance
Livingston County Michigan Works!
Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!
Oakland County Michigan Works!
Southeast Michigan Community Alliance
Washtenaw County Michigan Works!