Positive Employment Trend Continues in Southeast Michigan

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DETROIT — The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan, a collaborative effort among nine community colleges and seven Michigan Works! agencies to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system, reports that employment reached new levels in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“Growing employment coupled with increased postings and consumer confidence is a signal that employers will likely continue to hire into early 2015, adding to the already-growing levels of employment in the region,” says Lisa Katz, executive director of the collaborative.

Employment has risen by more than 16,000 individuals since the third quarter of 2014 and more than 20,000 jobs have been added since the fourth quarter of 2013, continuing to exceed pre-recession levels seen in mid-to-late 2008 with nearly 2.3 million individuals employed.

Top occupational clusters include retail and hospitality, health care, information technology, engineers and designers, and skilled and trades technicians. The top in-demand jobs are heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, retail salespeople, registered nurses, software developers and applications, and wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives.

The Workforce Intelligence Network’s full report can be viewed at win-semich.org/data-research/quarterly-reports/

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