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There is More to the Detroit Region than Manufacturing

industries_graphicThe first thought associated with the Detroit region is often that it is a manufacturing region. This is in fact “a region where things get done;” however, there is much more to the region than building products and/or services. Contrary to popular belief, manufacturing is not the Detroit region’s largest industry. After government, that honor is held by the health care and social assistance industry, which accounts for nearly 315,000 jobs and employs nearly 63,000 more individuals than the manufacturing sector. The health care and social assistance industry is forecasted for an 11 percent (33,000 jobs) growth over the next 5 years as well.

Five industries within the Detroit region employ more than 100,000 individuals. Following manufacturing is retail trade, which employs only 15,000 individuals less than the manufacturing industry. The next three largest industries are accommodation and food services (187,500), professional, scientific and technical services (187,000) and administrative and support, and waste management and remediation (154,000).