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The Detroit Region’s Key Industry Drivers, 2010-2013

The Detroit region is one of a handful of regions that have outpaced the national average for job growth since 2010. During this period, the rate of job growth in the metro Detroit area has been at 7 percent, compared to the national average of 4 percent, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International.

Specifically, the manufacturing industry continues to be the primary economic driver of the Detroit region’s economy, with six different sectors listed among the top 10 economic drivers. Engineering remains the next-highest industry on the list. Detroit continues to be the number one region in terms of employment in mechanical and industrial engineering.

Detroit Warren Livonia MSA
Population: 4,226,375

2013 Jobs: 1,933,053

2010 – 2013 Change: 7%

Average Earnings per Job (2013): $61,148

Driver Industry

2013 Jobs

% Change

Since 2010

2013 Concentration

2013 Avg. Earnings

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

59,026

30%

9.12

$ 96,882

Architectural, engineering and related services

57,092

30%

3.07

$ 91,599

Motor vehicle manufacturing

32,977

29%

14.17

$ 117,648

Metalworking machinery manufacturing

18,472

28%

7.93

$ 84,589

Scientific research and development services

13,968

13%

1.63

$ 140,374

Machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut and bolts

13,114

26%

2.67

$ 68,133

Motor vehicle & motor vehicle parts and supplies merchant wholesalers

10,954

18%

2.54

$ 93,858

Plastics product manufacturing

10,659

32%

1.57

$ 58,380

Coating, engraving, heat treating and allied activities

7,118

21%

3.99

$ 58,940

Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg.

4,775

19%

4.07

$ 107,216